DIY Rain Bottle in 3 Easy Steps

The weather is warming, the sun is shining, and we are spending more and more time in our outdoor classrooms! Today we’d like to share with you a DIY Rain Bottle tool that is easy to make and introduce to your outdoor water tables. Children find this Rain Bottle incredibly intriguing – when filled with water and then sealed, all the water stays in the bottle – despite holes cut into the bottom! Open the lid, however, and the rain pours out. Your curious children will play and explore, trying to work out the reason why the water behaves the way it does, all while investigating new physics concepts! Just follow the three easy steps below to create this neat Rain Bottle for your water table.


Creating Your DIY Rain Bottle

DIY Rain Bottle Materials


  1. Collect your materials

    This project requires very few tools to create. You’ll need a bottle with a cap – preferably one on hinges or, even better, one of the push-pull caps you often find on water bottles or dish detergent. Next, you’ll need either scissors, a screwdriver, or another sharp object for creating holes in the bottom of your bottle.

  2. Clean your bottle

    Make sure your bottle is clean and free of residue from the materials it formerly held. We used a honey bottle, so we make sure to wash it thoroughly with warm water to get rid of any lingering stickiness. 

  3. Make holes in the bottom of your bottle

    We used scissors, but as mentioned, you can poke with a screwdriver, auger, nails – anything easy to handle and sharp enough to perforate your bottle. Be very careful during that step not to slip and cut yourself! 


Using Your Rain Bottle

Using Your DIY Rain Bottle


  1. Fill your bottle by removing the cap, and submerging it in water. Once your bottle is as full as you like, cap it shut before lifting it out of the water. The water should stay in the bottle when removed from the sink, despite the holes in the bottom. If the water spills out, check that your cap has a tight seal.
  2. Now that your bottle is full and you’ve trapped water inside, see what happens when you open the lid! Water “rains” out of the bottom as the air pressure from above pushes water downward.


Check out these other fun outdoor STEM classroom materials from Kodo Kids!

Pump Works

Outdoor Funnel Stand

Ice Molds

Outdoor Balance

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