My Best $4 Investment

While buying Easter basket goodies for the quads, I spied small colored spray bottles at the Dollar Tree. I wasn’t sure quite how we’d use them, but grabbed four different colors and added them to the baskets.  I’ve been making my own produce wash and counter top spray and pouring them into empty spray bottles for a while.  Every single time the quads see me spraying something they request a turn.  In fact, they can spray the kitchen table down after dinner and any other area that needs attention.  They are expert sprayers!  I knew they’d appreciate having their very own spray bottles.

One morning I decided it was time to fill the new bottles with tap water and take them in the yard.  I laid down a few simple rules: NO spraying people, animals, or bugs.  Anything else in the yard was fair game.  The kids all nodded in agreement and set off to spray whatever their hearts desired.

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

I knew spray bottles had potential entertainment value, but seriously I had NO idea how much fun spray bottles would be for a bunch of toddlers.

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They sprayed my Gerber daisies…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They spritzed the flower beds…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They splattered the fence…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They bathed our caterpillar climber, “Happy”…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They misted the herb garden…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They washed the windows…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

They cleaned the sidewalk chalk from the house…

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

Though they looked menacing armed with spray bottles, they followed the rules really well- NO spraying people, pets, or bugs.

Dollar Tree spray bottles entertain toddlers and help with fine motor skill development

These spray bottles were some of my best $4 investments to date.  They’ve entertained the quads for HOURS!!!  The first day they played a solid TWO hours with them, the next day another 90 minutes (they may have played longer, but I got bored watching them spray), and they’ve asked for spray bottles every single day since I introduced them.  The best part is they enjoy spraying so much that bickering is minimal.

hugs,

Amber

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11 thoughts on “My Best $4 Investment

  1. I’m off to our Dollar Tree to see if I can score 5 bottles. What a great idea! I love the looks of intensity & concentration.

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  2. I love this! When it’s warmer and I don’t mind them being wet I will definitely get these out. Last summer I gave them kiddie-sized watering cans to try to “help” water plants but they could not figure out how to get the water out of the spout and ended up just being frustrated. Squirt bottles seem so much easier (now that they are bigger and hands are stronger).

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  3. When my son was little he LOVED having his very own spray bottle, paint brushes and water were also extremely popular in the summer. He “painted” everything he could reach.

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  4. That is so cute!! I’m amazed they don’t spray each other, but maybe they are a little young for that kind of mischief. My daughter (4) also loves to spray. We have a bottle of “window cleaner” and she washes the kitchen cabinets and patio door over, and over, and over…after which I have to mop up the puddle!

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