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Fun for the Road: Treasure Bottle

Prepare this one ahead of time. Use a large soda bottle or a large clean peanut butter jar. Fill it no more than 2/3 full with uncooked rice or birdseed. Then put in about 20-25 small objects (for example: safety pin, plastic bugs, button, M&M;, nut, bolt, paper clip, penny, bead, piece of macaroni, tiny lego, and other misc. toy pieces or stuff that is probably rolling around in your kitchen junk drawer.) Keep a count of the items and write down the number of items on the outside of the bottle, or make a list of the items. Put the lid on tight (you may even want to superglue it shut).

Let the kids take turns rolling the bottle around in their hands until they find them all. You can also make more than one treasure bottle so kids don’t have to take turns – put different items in different bottles. Kids of all ages love this game.

This activity is now included on the Car Games for Big Kids and the Toddler page!


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5 comments

1 Karen (3rsandahug) { 10.22.07 at 8:53 pm }

It is a great idea – never thought of it as car entertainment! I highly recommend superglue on the cap. My dd brought one home from preschool, and we ended up with rice all over the basement!

2 Elaine { 10.22.07 at 7:07 pm }

What a great idea , Thankyou

3 Bee { 11.02.07 at 10:01 am }

Genius… thank you.

4 Grandmother Wren { 11.02.07 at 10:18 am }

I’ve done these with my preschool class. You’re right – the kids love them! Lots of entertainment value!

5 Bryan { 11.06.07 at 2:08 pm }

I was just posting about our 4,500 mile round trip with our seven children when I saw your blog post. I wish I seen it before I left! You have lots of great stuff here.