Sensory bottles can be a calming experience for your little one. They’re great for babies and toddlers or any children who just love visually stimulating objects.
Sensory bottles typically include water, glue, and any fun materials you’d like. That’s why they’re so easy to make, because you can usually find things around the house or inexpensive items to throw in.
Babies and toddlers love to shake them up and watch the objects and glitter float around as it settles to the bottom.
You can make themes of sensory bottles, such as seasonal, holidays, or any other educational See what you can come up with and get creative!
Make an orange one for Halloween with little pumpkins or a red and green one for Christmas with little trees. You can make an ocean-themed bottle blue with little fish or
Raiding the Dollar Store is a great way to find small items for each bottle.
Here is a short tutorial on how to make these sensory bottles on your own.
Related Post: 12 Sensory Board Ideas for Babies & Toddlers
What You’ll Need:
- Empty bottles. I prefer Voss Bottles for the sleekest look, but you can use any clear empty water bottle r cylindrical container. These Plastic
bottles mimicthe look of Voss bottles and work perfectly.
- Clear glue
- Food coloring
- Small, colorful, lightweight items, such as these foam shapes, water beads, pompoms, stars
What to Do:
- Fill the empty water bottle
half waywith warm water. Use Voss bottles or these hard plastic bottles if you plan on keeping these bottles around for awhile. They are the most durable and can be stood up from both the bottom end or top.
- Fill the remainder with clear glue. Leave a small space at the top to add the knick-knacks so it doesn’t over flow.
- Squeeze in a drop of food coloring to make the bottle whatever color you wish. GO LIGHT on the food coloring! You can always add more, but you can’t take it away. You want the water to still be light enough that you can see all of the floating items in there.
- Add some glitter and all of the fun little items. Make sure any items you use are lightweight so that they float well.
- Mix it all up and watch!
- Glue the lid shut
- A little food coloring goes a long way. Only put one small drop in at first. You can always add more. Especially with the gel food coloring, you don’t need to overdo it. If the bottle becomes too dark, it’s useless.
- Make sure the items that you use are not heavy or they will just drop to the bottom. If you don’t have any items that are lightweight, just stick with glitter only.
- The items will probably stick together initially. After the bottles settle ( in a few days) they will separate more.
- Make sure you SUPER GLUE THE LID SHUT, especially if you have curious toddlers. The last thing you want is your child to unscrew the top and the contents dump everywhere.
Hope your kids love these fun DIY sensory bottles!