Sensory Play Bottles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For Sensory Play Wednesday I figured it was time to make sensory bottles. Every kid I've ever watched has loved some version of these. They are so easy to make and are quite entertaining for kids. Sensory bottles provide opportunities for children to experiment and observe.

How to Make a Sensory Bottle
* Use a clear plastic bottle
* Remove labels and sticky residue 
* Fill bottle with liquids and solids
* SEAL bottles with glue, I cannot emphasize this enough! You will regret simply doing tape, most kids will have the determination to peel it off at some point.

I used Voss bottles, 1 because I like the water and 2 because it's easy to peel off labels. They make the perfect sensory bottles.

These are the bottles that I made:
1) Water and lentils
2) Colored rice 
3) Leaves and water
4) Lava lamp- 1/2 water, 1/4 baby oil, food coloring drops, 1/4 vegetable oil
5) Water, feathers, handful of food colored elbow noodles
6) Half water, half hand soap, a few drops of food coloring

Colored Rice
Place desired amount of uncooked rice in a ziploc bag. Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. Close and shake until evenly coated. Spread rice on parchment line baking sheet and let dry for atleast an hour. 

Hendrix absolutely loved playing with these. The water/lentil filled bottle was definitely his favorite. My favorite was the "lava lamp" bottle which reminds me of my childhood. My sister had one in her room when she was in junior high school and I remember going into her room to watch her lava lamp. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! 

I highly recommend making these for babies and toddlers. They love watching things float around in there, shaking and looking through them. I kept the case the waters came in for easy storage.