Easy Water Activities for Kids

Bottled Waves

Enjoy the Bottled Waves easy water activity.
Enjoy the Bottled Waves easy water activity.
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With bottled waves, you can watch the waves without having to leave your home. When you make a sea-in-a-bottle, you'll have an easy kids' activity that brings the waves to you.

What You'll Need:

  • Clear plastic bottle with top
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
  • Mineral oil

How to Make Bottled Waves:

Many people are soothed by the sight and sound of ocean waves. Here's how to really make waves!

Step 1: Fill a large plastic bottle 2/3 full of water. Add blue food coloring to the water and mix it up.

Step 2: Fill the rest of the bottle with mineral oil, so there's no room for air. Then put the top on the bottle.

Step 3: Lay the bottle on its side. Watch as the mineral oil floats to the top. To make waves in your sea, tilt the bottle back and forth. You can imagine you're at the beach or sailing on the ocean.

No magnifying glass? No problem! Just make your own in the next easy water activity.

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