I’m sure you’ve all heard about sensory bottles, discovery bottles, relax bottles–they’re all over the web and they look so beautiful and are so fascinating for little hands and eyes to explore. Not only are they lovely to look at, there are many games you can play with them and they are great for fine motor skill practice for little ones! (See below for ideas)
So we just had to make our own sensory bottles!
We ended up making 3 simple and easy sensory bottles–one for the baby, one for the preschooler, and when my 6 year old came home and saw them, she fell in love with them and just had to make one as well!
We used a lot of recycled materials, such as old beads and cut up chip bags. They had a nice effect as they floated and fluttered to the bottom after being shaken around by an excited toddler and baby! There are many “recipes” you can use (see below) but we just stuck with water, fun colorful stuff, glitter and food coloring!
We loved the sensory bottles so much, we created different games to play with them. Here are some ideas:
1. Knock them down with a ball
2. Roll them to each other
3. Hit, roll and chase on all fours
4. Play the “Hot and Cold” hiding game
5. Spin on the floor
6. See who can shake and keep the water moving the longest
7. Roll between the legs
8. Shine a light through it onto a white surface
There are a wide range of sensory bottles you can make. Since this sensory project was so fun and such a success, we made another set of “calm down” bottles with glue and glitter from “My Crazy Blessed Life” (see below). Those were beautiful!
There are plenty more ideas for making sensory and discovery bottles. Here are some of our favorites: