Then, as his fine motor skills progressed, I left the lid off the bottle and gave him some q-tips. He would focus so hard to get those q-tips into the bottle!
Then, around his first birthday, I put the lid on the bottle and he could get the q-tips into the bottle through the lid!
Incidentally, Bean loves to do this activity and also loves to set it up for A-Train. It helps that "setting up" means dumping a bottle of q-tips on the floor.
This video was taken a little over 3 months ago, but A-Train is still enjoying this activity (and still growling victoriously). If ever I am comfortable allowing A-Train near toothpicks again, I would like to move to a smaller opening to put toothpicks through. For now, the most recent alternative was beading large wooden beads onto pipe cleaners (he can't manage a lace yet).