Sensory bottles are plastic bottles filled with different items designed to stimulate a child’s curiosity. I was inspired by Pink Bekah’s pretty sensory bottles, and decided to try making some myself.
Sensory bottles can be either wet or dry. For this project, I wanted to do the wet variation. On Saturday evening I bought the supplies for the “liquids”. Baby oil was the recommended medium, but I thought it would be interesting to try with liquid hand soap (it was on sale, and the colours were pretty!). The hair gel was not used this time – I’ll be using in the next project.
I brought out some craft supplies I had at home: glow in the dark stars, crystal beads, colour links, foil patterns and glitter!
C did the first bottle – she chose the yellow liquid hand soap as the medium, with glow in the dark stars and star foil. It turned out really pretty!
We tried to see if the glow in the dark stars would shine brightly in the dark. Unfortunately the glow was rather faint, and I couldn’t capture it on camera. It looked really nice using the camera flash though.
G joined in the fun and filled the second bottle with stars and beads. Of course, the best part of filling the bottle is being able to empty it later (some on the table, mostly on the floor!).
A combined effort by both kids to add the baby oil. They really enjoyed this part!
I thought the 2nd bottle looked better – G poured in a ton of glitter!
The difference in viscosity between the liquid hand soap and baby oil made an interesting contrast when the bottles were shaken. The hand soap was very viscuous so it was more difficult to swirl the contents. It was easier to turn the bottle upside down and watch the contents float slowly upwards. There were very interesting bubbles!
The glitter worked better in baby oil – in the liquid hand soap it clung to the sides of the bottle or settled at the bottom. For glow in the dark effect, I think I’ll have to source for brighter glowing stars or stickers.
It was a quick and fun activity for both kids, and G got to work on his fine-motor skills and colours (he chose specific colours to put into the bottle). C got a lesson in density -she asked why the stars floated in the liquid hand soap but settled at the bottom in the baby oil.
It was definitely a hit with both kids although I had initially wanted to make the bottles for G. C had plenty of ideas for her next bottle! Looks like I’ll be drinking a lot of juice. 😉
Have you made sensory bottles? Do share your ideas by posting in the comment box below!