Sensory bottles can be a calming experience for your little one. They’re great for babies, toddlers, preschoolers or any child who loves visually stimulating objects.
What is a Sensory Bottle?
Sensory bottles are containers that typically include water, clear glue, and any fun materials you’d like, designed to provide a child with non-messy, sensory play and stimulation. Babies and toddlers love to shake them up and watch the objects and glitter float around as it settles to the bottom.
Benefits of Sensory Bottles
Sensory bottles have numerous benefits for kids or even adults of any age. They can provide a calming effect for any overstimulated person or even arousal for a child who is under stimulated.
Sensory bottles are good for children who have a difficult time self-regulating their emotions due to any stressor.
When the sensory bottle is shaken up and the items are moving slowly around the container, you’ll see your child become fascinated with watching the slow descent and movement. You’ll see it calm them down, help them regulate their emotions and behaviors, and put them in a state of relaxation.
If you teach your child how to use the sensory bottle before they have become overanxious or overstimulated, you’ll really see the benefit. They’ll learn that once they start to become upset, they can reach for the sensory bottle to calm them down.
What Do You Put in a Sensory Bottle?
There are many kinds of materials you can use for sensory bottles. Often, these items can be found by raiding the Dollar Store or rummaging through your house or craft bins to find small items for each bottle. That’s why they’re so easy to make, because you can usually find inexpensive items to throw in.
You can make various themes of sensory bottles, such as seasonal, holidays, or any other educational theme.
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,
You can put small letter or number beads for children learning the alphabet and counting or plastic ocean animals for a ocean life unit. See what you can come up with and get creative!
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DIY Glitter Sensory Bottles
Here is a short tutorial on how to make these sensory bottles step by step. They are simple, but you can easily mess them up and have to start over again. There are also some handy tips at the bottom so you don’t make the same mistakes I did the first time that I made glitter bottles!
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:
Step 1: Fill the empty water bottle
Step 2: Fill the remainder with clear glue. Don’t use white glue for sensory bottles because you want to be able to see through it. Leave a small space at the top to add the knick-knacks so it doesn’t over flow.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Add some glitter and all of the fun little items. Make sure any items you use are lightweight so that they float well.
Step 5: Mix it all up and watch!
Step 6: Glue the lid shut.
Tips for Making DIY Sensory Bottles:
- 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 glitter bottle becomes too dark, it’s useless because you won’t be able to see the glitter or the objects inside.
- 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!