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How to make sensory bottles

Yesterday one of the twins was off school sick but as she started to feel better we decided to get crafty. We made some jewellery, did some colouring and we made some sensory bottles. We made two different kinds, one made with vegetable oil and the other just water.

For the ocean sensory bottle you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water

Method:

  1. Fill the bottle 1/3 approximately with water
  2. Add several drops of food colouring – we used blue
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring and water together
  4. Top the rest up with oil (we put a little too much oil in and not enough water though!)
  5. Seal the lid back on – we sellotaped the lid shut but you may want to superglue it.

For the normal bottles you need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Glitter
  • Glitter glue/glitter paint

Method:

  1. Fill the bottle with water
  2. Add drops of food colouring and/or glitter glue/glitter paint (any colour)
  3. Cover then shake to mix the food colouring/glitter and water together
  4. Add extra glitter for more shine!
  5. Seal the lid back on – we used sellotape again but you may want to superglue it

Sensory bottles are great for babies and young children. You could even add them to a treasure basket. To find out what a treasure basket is go to my previous treasure basket blog here Treasure Baskets – Heuristic Play. Another reason why sensory bottles are great is they can work quite well calming down children who are angry or upset. They are also sometimes used with children who have special education needs.

Have fun!

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