Water bottle collages made by our prek

I have been saving water bottles all summer long and this week I pulled them out to try making water bottle collages. I had never tried this before and must say I will be doing this again…

I found the idea over at the amazing Casa Maria’s Learning Zone blog. Her art is always unique and very child-centered and I really looked forward to giving this a try. I set out strips of colorful construction paper and empty, clean, dry water bottles…

The children were invited to put the strips of paper in the bottles. We talked about different ways we could fold or roll the strips if they wished…

Some of the children preferred just to keep the strips long and straight as they pushed the paper into the bottle. Others liked folding the paper first…

Pushing the paper into the bottle made for wonderful eye-hand coordination practice and for building fine motor muscles…

Our three-year-old children did not really care for this but our four-year-old children loved it and asked to make them the next day too!

I am thinking about just keeping a box with bottles and scrap paper in the classroom to pull out whenever the children would like to do this during their freeplay time…

Simple, cheap, and no mess! Can’t beat that for such a creative project to try!

I am linking up with I Can Teach My Child!


  1. says

    that’s fun! they could also write messages to put in their bottle. then they could bury and find in the sensory table. fun idea! thanks so much!

  2. says

    What a really great idea – I love it! This would be a lot of fun, because, you could do it in so many different ways. And that’s why it’s a great craft for you to keep around for them to do again and again, they can do something different each time. You could even experiment with different kinds of paper, maybe even newspaper – or maybe wrapping paper! :)

  3. says

    I love this idea. For some reason I never thought about letting the children put things in bottles. Guess I need to save the bottles, too, and not just the lids!

    And I just thought – we use shredded paper for different things. This is a place I could add those thin paper strips, too.

    Thanks for a great idea, Deborah.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      You are welcome Scott – after reading some of the comments here and on facebook – I am finding even more great ideas for expanding on this idea!

  4. Rose Moore says

    We use water bottle art a lot for 3 D displays… I have a lot of materials including rice, pasta, pompoms,etc for them to put into the bottles. I put their name on them and when they want to change their bottle they dump it out and add new items.

  5. says

    This is an excellent idea! I definitely want to try it with my preschoolers. Now I just need water bottles. Did your children take their water bottle colleges home or leave them at your preschool?