Sensory bottles are fun for exploration, but also are a great calming tool to keep at your disposal! They are very simple to make and can be adapted to include materials you have at home.
Glitter Sensory Bottle
- Warm water
- Clear glue
- Lots of glitter!
Fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way with warm water. Add glue until the bottle is mostly filled. Add the glitter using a funnel (you can make a quick funnel by rolling up paper, too). The more glue you add, the slower the glitter falls.
If you have different colors of glitter, ask your child to assign a feeling to each color. Then, they can search for the colors when they're feeling that particular emotion.
Oil and Water Sensory Bottle
- Oil (vegetable, olive, baby oil, whatever you have on hand)
- Food coloring
Fill bottle halfway with water and food coloring mixture. Add oil to fill. You can add objects inside if you wish, but they won't suspend for very long.
Floating Bead Sensory Bottle
- Clear dish soap
- Light corn syrup
- Beads or marbles
Fill your bottle 3/4 full with corn syrup. Add a couple squirts of dish soap. You can fill the entire bottle with corn syrup but it will be heavier and the objects will move super slowly. Add in beads, marbles, whatever objects you like.
Be sure to tape the heck out of the top so it can't be removed. You can also super glue or hot glue the cap on. Turn your sensory bottles over, find your favorite colors, whatever. These bottles can be used to help children calm down, but also as fun science experiments!