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What you will need:

– empty soda bottle (any size)
– water
– natural food coloring
– sand or dirt
– shells or rocks

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Step 1: Make the Ocean Floor

Wash and remove the label and capĀ from an empty soda bottle. Fill the bottle 1/3 full of sand or dirt. You may want to use a funnel to prevent sand spillage.

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Step 2: Add the Seashells

Add an assortment of seashells or rocks on top of the sand or dirt. Finding the rocks and seashells is an activity within itself and just as much fun.

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Step 3: Add the Ocean Water

Fill the bottle 3/4 full of water. Again, it’s a good idea to use a funnel to prevent water from being wasted or spilling.

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Step 4: Make it Blue

Add 1 droplet of natural blue or green food coloring to the water. This part mesmerizes children, they love to watch the food coloring mix in with the water.

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Step 5: Enjoy the Ocean View

Put the cap back on the soda bottle and enjoy the view of the “ocean” either vertically or horizontally.

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Step 6: Make Waves

My son enjoyed changing the position of the bottle from standing to laying on its side, because bubbles would float to the top. He also liked that when you roll it back and forth on its side, the water swishes in and out – like the tide, covering and uncovering the seashells with each roll.