Messages In A Bottle

Messages In A Bottle

There’s something about messages in a bottle that make them very sentimental, sacred, and mysterious at the same time. This may not appeal to everybody but to people who do not mind going a little sentimental from time to time, making messages in a bottle makes a good pastime. These messages are the written evidence of people’s feelings and sentiments that they choose not to tell anyone.

If you want to make your own messages in a bottle, here is a step-by-step guide to help you.

Get a bottle. You can use either plastic or glass. But if you want something more realistic, pick a wine or beer bottle.

Clean and wash the bottle thoroughly. Pour a mixture of warm water and dish soap into your bottle. Cover it with a cork or with your hand. Shake the bottle up and down for a few minutes. Then, start rolling a towel into a rod then stick it in. When done, position it upside down so that all excess liquid can pour out.

Make your message. People have different reasons for making messages in a bottle. Whatever your purpose is, avoid revealing something too personal. Instead of putting your entire address, put your PO Box number instead. This will prevent you from being tracked down by the stranger who gets the bottle. For security purposes, avoid disclosing contact information. Instead, you can write down things that you love to do, things that you hate the most, your dreams, your frustrations, etc. When you’re done, roll up your paper tightly before putting it inside the bottle. You can use a tape or a rubber band

Put the bottle inside a plastic bag. This will keep the bottle from getting wet. Some even choose to layer it with plastic. To make things easier, simply find a clear plastic. Ensure that your paper is safe and not wet.

Let your bottle float. Before finally letting it float on the sea, drop it in the bath tub for testing. Ensure that the cover or the cork is tightly closed.

Even if you’re not at the beach, you can still send your secrets to the sea. Beachtown is an online game on Facebook that gives you the chance to recreate a virtual world of the beach – without living the comforts of your home. Through the Beachtown game, you can send your messages in a bottle – in just a click.

Play BEACHTOWN Game now on FACEBOOK!

Chill and have fun! Try BEACHTOWN Game on Facebook and start to get thrill!

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Splish, Splash! Fun and Educational Ways of Playing With Water

Splish, Splash! Fun and Educational Ways of Playing With Water

There are so many things your baby or toddler can learn through water play. And it is so easy, no need to spend lots of money on toys and they’ll be playing for hours.

Some useful things you might need are

– different size pots and pans OR/AND

– tubs you use for hand washing clothes

– containers of different size and shape

– funnels

– scoops (use big plastic serving spoons. in fact, many kitchen utensils often come handy in child’s play)

– wine corks (they float and the collecting process can be quite enjoyable for the parents)

– plastic syringe, small water pistol or an empty shampoo bottle

– food coloring liquids of different colors (you can buy them in a baking section of your supermarket)

– tongs (try to find ones covered with plastic or rubber as the metal ones can be quite sharp)

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Obviously, water will be splashed, otherwise it wouldn’t be so much fun! So, choose the area of play carefully. When my son was a baby we did this sort of play either on our balcony on hot days or in the bath tub. No need to fill the bath with water, just place all the playing materials into the tub, strip to a nappy and a t-shirt and play away. You can even climb into the bathtub with your little one if the tub is big enough, try it, it’s fun!

Once my son got a little older we would play with water using large pots and containers placed on a table and I would just cover the floor under the table with a large plastic tablecloth.

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Some of the things you can do (please don’t limit yourself to any lists, use your imagination)

– “fish out” wine corks (or other floating objects) with a scoop, tongs or just fingers

– try counting them out loud when you place them into a container

– fill up and squirt water with a plastic syringe, try aiming at some light objects that could fall when you get them, like toy soldiers or cars (or even those useful wine corks)

What’s developing and improving: hand-eye coordination, muscle tone, fine motor skills, counting skills

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– fill up different-size containers with water to different levels and pour the water out into other containers through funnels. I would often use glass jars of different sizes and put them inside large pots so that water wouldn’t spill all over the table when my son was pouring it out. IF YOU ARE USING GLASS JARS TAKE GREAT CARE AND NEVER LEAVE THE CHILD AT THE TABLE UNATTENDED!

– take 2 large pots, leave one empty and fill the other one with water. place several smaller plastic containers or glass jars inside the empty pot. The child can either use a small plastic container, a scoop, a serving spoon or even a syringe to fill the empty jars and containers with the water from the large pot.

– add some color to the water with food coloring and learn colors while you are playing. They will also be learning how fun and interesting it is to mix colors. Stick to only a few colors and try to select primary colors such as Green, Red and Blue. Kids get confused very easily if you try to teach them too many colors at the same time.

What we are learning: volumes, concept of empty/full, colors, color mixing.

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Imaginative play

– one of my son’s favorite games during bath time was “Rescue”. We would use small dolls, rubber animals and toy soldiers and if they fell into the water we would Rescue them by putting them back safely into the toy boats and ships.

other things you can do pretend playing with water:

– play “fishing” in the tub (make a fishing rod out of a small and smooth tree branch, thick knitting needle or even a pencil and some rope)

– giving dolls a bath, washing their hair

– washing the dishes

– etc. imitate anything that mum does around the house or help mum for real. you can give the child a clean sponge or a mop with a short handle.

– in the bath pretend it’s raining while you pour water through a strainer

So go on, start splashing – water can be fun all year around!

Slava Prakhiy is the creator of Bright Tomato Publishing www.brighttomato.com.au where educational products for babies and toddlers are created by a real mum and tested by real babies and toddlers. Check out our JUMBO Reading Cards, suitable from 3 months of age.

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