It seems like our son has just blossomed in the last few months. His speech and comprehension and his excitement and his imagination have all just exploded and he’s becoming more and more like a little person every day! It has opened up a lot of fun opportunities for creative play that up until this point he just wasn’t big enough for. I found a lot of people talking about sensory bottles and decided to try my hand at making some at home. They have been SUCH A HIT with our 15 month old that I just had to share their brilliance with you today! Try it out and let me know what you think!
How to Make DIY Sensory Bottles for Creative Play
These are so easy to make and so much fun to play with. Click through for instructions and photos on how to make these for your own little ones!
Ocean Sensory Bottle
I called this one the “Ocean Bottle” because when you tilt it back and forth it looks like waves in the ocean.
Plastic bottle with lid, 3/4 full of water
Instructions: Fill a clean plastic bottle half full of water. Add a few drops blue and green food coloring and glitter and mix. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with baby oil. Use superglue to seal the lid permanently.
Ocean Bottle Play
The Ocean Bottle will give you a really cool separated effect since the baby oil and water never mix. When you shake it you will see big oil bubbles float up through the blue water. When you tilt it back and forth you will see energy in the form of waves just like the ocean. Let your little one experiment and have fun!
Safety Tip: Test the seal before letting your baby play with it. Baby oil is toxic if ingested.
Galaxy Sensory Bottle
I called this one the “Galaxy Bottle” because the glitter ends up suspended in the bottle moving slowly and looks like stardust floating in space.
Plastic bottle with lid, 1/2 full of warm water
Glittler (in lots of colors!)
Clear craft glue
Instructions: Fill a clean plastic bottle half full of warm water. Add a few drops blue and red food coloring. Empty the glue into the bottle. Add lots of glitter in various colors. Use superglue to seal the lid permanently.
Galaxy Bottle Play
You can play around with the measurements. The more water you use, the more quickly the glitter will settle to the bottom. The more glue you use, the longer it will suspend and twirl in the middle causing a lava light kind of effect. If you have older kids you can use it like a time-out timer. Shake it up and tell them to watch till all the glitter falls. ;)
Our son LOVED these brightly colored bottles. He quickly shook them around and watched as the contents swirled and bubbled and mixed. He took turns playing with each one and then carried them all around the house with him. I’d say this was a big success.