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.
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.
They sprayed my Gerber daisies…
They spritzed the flower beds…
They splattered the fence…
They bathed our caterpillar climber, “Happy”…
They misted the herb garden…
They washed the windows…
They cleaned the sidewalk chalk from the house…
Though they looked menacing armed with spray bottles, they followed the rules really well- NO spraying people, pets, or bugs.
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.
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11 thoughts on “My Best $4 Investment”
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.
I bet you can find five different colors; thad oodles of them! I promise it’ll be worth the $5.
I’m totally getting some tomorrow while the kid’s are at my mom’s house! And I’m glad to know we aren’t the only ones with chalk on our house, lol.
Lol! The good news is that water bottles help wash the chalk graffiti away.
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).
We did watering cans last year too, but they weren’t half as entertaining as spray bottles! Lol.
And this summer they will make a pretty good water gun. :o)
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.
Water painting is also a winning toddler activity! Thanks for reminding me of that one.
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!
They don’t spray each other, but Harper did ask if he could spray his own feet yesterday.