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32 Recipes for Sensory Bottles

Sensory bottles are a great way to calm down children as they watch the contents of the bottles move, sometimes creating a pleasant sound. They can be made to represent the various natural phenomena like seasons, rains, snow etc. and natural spaces like the ocean, beach and space. Not only kids but adults, too, can get rid of their stress and anxiety by indulging in the sensory play offered by these calm down bottles. Apart from recipes, this article gives you various ideas on things you can put in your sensory bottles and the themes they can sport.

1. Homemade Sensory Bottles

The above-linked tutorial comes replete with a video showing you how to make these awesome sensory bottles. They require no preparation and keep your baby happy.

Sensory Bottles

2. How to Make Your Own Sensory Bottles

The season sensory bottles are a great educative tool for little ones. Let them discover the various seasons as they indulge in sensory play.

How to Make Sensory Bottles

3. Preschool Sensory Bottles DIY

The above-linked article gives you the steps of making a themed sensory bottle with glitter, corn syrup and food coloring. That is followed by the instructions to make a sensory wave bottle.

Sensory Bottles DIY

4. Glitter Sensory Bottles DIY

Glitter Sensory Bottles

5. Simple Sensory Bottle Ideas

Sensory Bottle Ideas

6. Glitter Glue Sensory Water Bottles

Sensory Water Bottles

7. Galaxy Sensory Bottles DIY

If you love looking up at a starry night, these space sensory bottles would have your back. The major supplies are water, glitter, acrylic paint, cotton balls, empty bottles and a hot glue gun.

Galaxy Sensory Bottles

8. DIY Sensory Bottles with Baby Oil

You can make the bottles learner-friendly by putting the alphabets inside. It would present you with unique opportunities to learn and play.

Sensory Bottles with Baby Oil

9. Rainbow Water Bead Sensory Bottle

This lovely rainbow sensory bottle is made with water beads or orbeez. Children would love the vibrant colors. However, you need to be pretty careful with kids around as they should not be allowed to ingest the water beads. The same goes for pets. For the 4th of July, you can have patriotic sensory bottles in a red and white and blue color combination while for Christmas, have them in red, green and white.

Sensory Bottle with Water Beads

10. Making Nature Sensory Bottles for Toddlers

Spring flowers add to the looks of these gorgeous spring sensory bottles. You can also put toy butterflies and bees among the flowers.

Making Sensory Bottles for Toddlers

11. Ocean Themed Sensory Bottle

Mini ocean animals like starfish, shark and jellyfish go into the making of this ocean or under the sea sensory bottle. You can even put in a toy mermaid and sand if you wish. You can put different colored fish and pebbles inside for an aquarium sensory bottle.

Ocean Sensory Bottle

12. Fall Sensory Bottle for Preschool

This easy fall discovery bottle has plastic autumn leaves, leaf-shaped confetti, glitter and sequins in fall colors, all immersed in water contained in a water bottle. As kids play with it, the bubbles add to its looks.

Fall Sensory Bottle

13. DIY Sensory Bottles for Babies, Infants

These pretty sensory bottles can be used as a great calming tool for babies. Empty bottles, glitter, food coloring, clear glue and water are the main ingredients. You can put beads, buttons, stars and floating pom poms inside the bottles. Toy dinosaurs inside would keep the little ones interested.

Sensory Bottles for Babies, Infants

14. Tutorial for Calming Sensory Bottles

These easy, calm down sensory bottles can be made for preschool kids. Upset children can be found to relax while watching the interaction between the different contents of the bottles.

Calming Sensory Bottles

15. Slow Motion Sensory Bottle Using Hair Gel

The slow moving Lego blocks inside the bottle would endear themselves to kiddos. If you don’t have hair gel, you can use glycerin or Karo syrup. You can also have slow falling beads if you so wish. For a monster sensory bottle, you can fill up an empty bottle with green hand sanitizer and put googly eyes and googly finger puppets inside. For a Christmas tree sensory bottle, swap the googly eyes and puppets with mini Christmas ornaments and stick a star to the top of the bottle.

Hair Gel Sensory Bottle

16. Winter Snow Sensory Bottle

The addition of foil or plastic snowflakes to a mixture of glitter glue and water spells winter charm in true “Frozen” style. After all, who doesn’t love the beauty of a sensory bottle that has the looks of a snow globe?

Winter Sensory Bottle

17. DIY Magnetic Sensory Bottles

Magnetic Sensory Bottles

18. Sensory Water Bottle for Autistic Children

Autism Sensory Water Bottle

19. Shaving Cream Sensory Bottle Instructions

This is a catchy calming bottle that is made from shaving cream. Reminiscent of feathery clouds in a blue sky, this one is a fun weather discovery bottle. If you want to give the sound effect of rains, fill up half of a bottle with rainsticks and watch the little ones smile.

Shaving Cream Sensory Bottle

20. Dry, Sound Sensory Bottles

Various dry ingredients go into the making of these sensory bottles that produce sound. If you want to calm your senses with both sound and smell, you can make a scented rainstick sensory bottle. Just put rice, food coloring and around 30 drops of lavender essential oil in a ziplock bag and mix nicely. Take out the contents and allow the rice to dry. Then put the rice and cut pieces of straw inside a plastic bottle with its walls perforated with pins.

Sound Sensory Bottles

21. Exotic Sand Sensory Bottle

Even Montessori kids can DIY this easy sensory bottle that is half-filled with sand. Another idea is to add water to kinetic sand in an empty bottle. Mix blue food coloring, put in some seashells and small rocks to turn it into a beach sensory bottle, a great summer craft.

Sand Sensory Bottle

22. Sensory Bottle with Dish Soap

Dish Soap Sensory Bottle

23. Cool Dr. Seuss Sensory Bottle

Dr. Seuss Sensory Bottle

24. Minion Sensory Bottle for Kids

This Despicable Me sensory bottle uses a VOSS water bottle and yellow loom bands. The liquid inside is a mixture of hair gel and water.

Minion Sensory Bottle

25. Pumpkin Sensory Bottle for Halloween

For the tutorial for this Halloween pumpkin sensory bottle, you need to scroll down the above-linked post. Or just search with the word, sensory.

Pumpkin Sensory Bottle

26. Oil and Water Color Changing Sensory Bottles

These small, layered color mixing sensory bottles are made with baby oil. If you don’t have baby oil, you can use mineral oil or vegetable oil instead. Note that the different colors of the layers have been lent by food coloring. Instead of the colors shown in the image below, you can try black and white food coloring for amazing day and night calm down bottles. The shaker bottles relax your senses as the colors mix with each other. You can use them as time out devices too.

How to Make Color Changing Sensory Bottles

27. Cute Bear Hunt Sensory Bottles

Keep your toddler or preschooler engaged for hours with these sensory bottles that are based on the classic story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Bear Hunt Sensory Bottles

28. Vivid Easter Sensory Bottles

The vibrant Easter grass and craft foam Easter eggs contents speak festivities and togetherness. You can also make emotions sensory bottles in the same lines. Just cut the craft foam in round shapes and use a sharpie for drawing the emojis or emoticons or feelings. For Valentines’s Day, you can cut them in the shape of hearts.

Easter Sensory Bottles

29. Calming Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle

Encourage sensory play in your child by giving him this lovely glowing sensory bottle for bedtime. The primary materials are coffee filters, plastic or glass bottle, glue, toys, rainbow ribbon and glow in the dark rice.

Glow In the Dark Sensory Bottle

30. Sensory Bottles with Hand Soap

Hand Soap Sensory Bottles

31. Sensory Melted Snowman Bottle

Melted Snowman Sensory Bottle

32. Unique Thanksgiving Sensory Bottle

Thanksgiving Sensory Bottle

You can do the activity using Voss bottles for their kid-friendly shape or mini Gatorade or Powerade bottles for their sturdiness. The calming bottles greatly help in babies’ development. The craft, in itself, would help keep your creative juices flowing during the holidays. Once you are done with them, you would agree with us that they are a visual treat!

Published on May 6th 2020 by

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