Have you tried a sensory bottle yet? They are so easy to put together, and little kids love them!
Babies and toddlers often like just looking at them and exploring the sounds and colors and shapes inside the bottles. Older children like identifying and investigating what is inside the bottles, and making connections between the bottles and other things. Like the blue pompoms in this bottle reminds my 4 year old of blueberries.
We’ve got lots of other sensory bottle ideas for you to check out, too!
Make the Sensory Bottle
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- empty (and clean!) clear plastic bottle (I use lemon essential oil to clean off the gummy parts)
- pom poms – lots of colors!
- hot glue gun or Krazy Glue
Mix the rice and the pompoms into a bowl and them pour them into the bottle. If you try to mix them in the bottle, I find that the pompoms stick together. When you are filling the sensory bottle, leave a little space so the rice can rattle around.
Once the bottle is full, use the hot glue gun to glue the lid shut. Trust me, rice all over the floor is just not something you want to deal with (in addition to not wanting your little one to eat the rice and pompoms).
After the glue dries, the sensory bottle is ready to go! Shake, watch, listen – let your little one explore the bottle! Talk about the colors, other objects that share those colors, or just let your little one explore!
Want another idea for a bear sensory bottle? Check out our Good Night Moon bottle!