Infant Play with Bottles . . . Maybe Light & Color

“The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Colour is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.”
— Frenand Leger, “On Monumentality and Color”, 1943.

Inspired by these glass bottles on the ledge of every classroom in this social constructivist (Reggio Emilia inspired) preschool that I saw on a tour several years back, I made water bottles for the infants I cared for in a group setting at the time. Since then, I have made these for every infant classroom I worked in, and now for my daughters. I used small plastic bottles filled with water and food coloring.

Glass bottles in kitchen area of 3 year-old classroom
Green Bottles Above Kitchen


















As I am almost always fighting to get away from the often default use of exclusively primary colors for children’s playthings, I made these bottles in varying degrees of blue and green.


When Greysen was a young infant, they were housed on our window sill as a place for light to shine through. As she became older, they came down to the ground for her to manipulate. Now that she is engaging in some pretend play, a few sit atop her kitchen, also in a few more colors, to be ingredients at the ready. Most often they serve their purpose posing as coffee and tea.


Now that Moon is manipulating objects, I have brought some back down to the floor.

I start them in the sunlight whenever possible.

A simple toy with the opportunity for her to notice light, shadow, color, and water.



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