I've been collecting empty roller deodorant bottles for a little while now because i wanted to share a favourite activity from my early days of child care with the toddler twosome.
It's a fantastic frugal activity for practising fine motor skills and also for those children that don't really like getting their hands to messy with paint!
I just love recycling items from around the house and turning them into creative learning opportunities full of fun…there really is no need to buy expensive products to have a little fun with your toddler at home!
Ruby took quite a while to decide which one she wanted to use….mainly based on the packaging i think! She was happy to begin painting without touching the paint for quite a while…as she got a little braver she began to explore the roller and get a little more paint on her fingers each time.
It really is a great activity for those sensory sensitive children who don't like to get paint on their fingers though as there is no real need for them to have to touch it and yet they can still be creative and watch their patterns forming….
The toddler twosome enjoyed creating lines, dots and splatters with their roller bottles…..they made lovely colourful prints i think.
Ruby was overjoyed when she realised she could make splatters with the bottle by using it in a different way…once she started we went through an awful lot of paper i can tell you!
Dabbing was lots of fun and took lots of control to do….
This is Ruby's ‘face'…i can see it…can you? She was very proud of it!
A fun, easy and frugal activity which left us with lots of masterpieces to share with family and adorn our walls…..I hope you give it a try!
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Rez P says
Oh cool. I would have never thought of this. This is so clever
Nhu Nguyen says
Great. Never think about this before.
That is such a cool activity Jode, so clever and very environmentally friendly too. 🙂 xx
Jay @ Learning to play and playing to learn says
I haven’t seen this for almost 10 years. Seeing it again has made me want to run out and buy some roll on deodorant to use up so I can get our paint on. It looks great! Thanks for the inspiration.
Kate Lloyd says
Such a great idea! Children love to use rollers and this is a creative approach. Love it.
Easy Peasy Kids says
And now I know what to do with empty deodorants thanks will give this a go
Penny Whitehouse says
You’re a smart bunny! Recycling and a great messy activity. Love it!
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
The annoying thing is that this activity looks like so much fun that I want to buy roll on deodorant now purely to have the bottles to paint with. haha. Thanks for sharing!
Jackie(My Little Bookcase) says
What a fab idea. I never would have thought of this idea. Thanks for sharing
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
I would never have thought to do this! Love your frugal ideas!! So clever 🙂
Boy Mama Teacher Mama says
I always wondered how people did this and now I know! May have to switch to roll on for a bit to collect a few bottles. 🙂
hi – what dedorant did you use for this? I have bought many roll-on types at the drug store and can not get the ball to pop out – a butter knife does not fit at all.