Make an Ocean Bottle (blue) or a Lava Bottle (red)! Pick an empty bottle (we used the baby oil bottle because it has a kid resistant lid, but any bottle will do) and fill it halfway with baby oil. Next, you will fill it close to the top with water. We made the kids do this part with an eye dropper to work on their pincer grasp. When they started to complain we gave them a “boost” with a turkey baster. When they got enough water in their bottle, they were allowed to pick red/yellow food coloring for a “lava” bottle or blue/green food coloring for an “ocean” bottle. The adults put the food coloring in or heavily supervised the kiddos putting it in. Then you put the lid on, or hot glue it on if it is not a child resistant lid, shake it up, and enjoy!
Important note: Baby oil is VERY DANGEROUS and OFTEN DEADLY when inhaled or ingested. Please supervise children when working around baby oil. The adults handled all of the baby oil and insured that the lids were closed and sealed, and that the kids understood that they were not to open their bottles.
Ms Amy has 10 years of experience as an OT and believes in educating the community to empower parents and teachers to recognize the difference between typical and atypical development and sharing creative ideas to facilitate age appropriate skills. She wants to be a resource for children and families of all abilities.