I got this idea to do this activity last year with the children I was teaching – ages 4 & 5. As you will find out soon I am somewhat of a pack rat. I like to save/collect things because you never know when you might need it. I had some leftover scraps of colored construction paper, pom poms, beads, and brightly colored straws. I also had some water bottles and small juice bottles that I saved that still had their caps. I had taken the paper off the bottles and to remove the ink from the top I used nail polish remover. It works great and I have clean caps.
When you usually make a collage you gather a variety of material and glue it on to construction paper/cardboard/paperplate. I decided to let the children put the materials in a clear plastic bottle. They could put in as much as they wanted to. When they were done we put the lid on it and they had a bright collage bottle.
I came across some leftover scraps of paper, straws, pom poms, and beads. I also had some clear plastic juice bottles that were ready to be used. I brought the materials over to my grandchildren’s house and let them have at it. I provided the materials and let them use it as they want. The scraps of paper were in strips so I showed them how to roll it so they can put it in the bottle.
They had a great time making their collage bottle. Their ages are 2 1/2, 4 1/2, and 6 years old. We didn’t glue the caps on, in case they wanted to change it or add more to it. If you want to make it more permanent hot glue the lid on.