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Alphabet Discover Bottle

Most adventures can be given as a quest that is an adventure to complete.
Reading can be such an adventure as we learned this week but to learn to read you must first take a quest to learn the alphabet.  

This activity is a aimed at a younger audience. You can make it more challenging by having the child find sight words and adding more letters.

This was a couple step process.  I had The Dragons start it in the morning and we finished it later in the afternoon.

I gave them a small case of alphabet beads to go through and pick out 1 of each letter. 
They had to work together on this project.  We only needed 26 letters and I didn't want doubles.  So to complete this they had to discuss and communicate which letters they were taking out and make sure they had them all.

Once all the letters were found The Dragons put them in order.

Later in the afternoon we grabbed our alphabet beads and our other supplies to make the discovery bottle.


  • alphabet beads
  • sequins
  • glitter
  • water bottle
  • water
  • corn syrup
  • funnel

Once all the supplies was in the tray there was a bit of discovery time before putting the bottle together. 

When they had touched the sequins to their hearts content they were ready to continue on.

First we put in the alpha beads in the bottle, followed by continual small pinches of sequins.  This kept the messiness down.

 Next Doll Dragon filled the bottle half way up with water, Little Dragon added the corn syrup. 

The corn syrup was thick so we had to wait for it to drain before moving on.  The Dragon enjoyed watching the syrup.  You could see the syrup 'line' the whole way to the bottom of the bottle, even through the water.
The syrup also pushed the sequins down to the bottom.

We then added some glitter and closed the bottle. It was ready to be discovered!

All The Dragons loved shaking it!  The beads sunk to the bottom quicker then I would like so perhaps we will add some more corn syrup to the mix but for the most part it is a great bottle.

 It seemed to calm The Dragons. 

When it was finished it looked very patriotic.  We used red, silver, and blue glitter as well as the pink, silver, and blue sequins.  This activity would be great to make for the fourth of July. 

When the bottle is finished you can use a highlighter and highlight the letters you see floating around, try to find each letter.

To see more of our adventures during adventure week click here.


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