Activity Time: Sensory Bottle

Sensory bottles are a great calming tool for kids who get anxious easily. They can shift their focus on it and have their minds cleared in no time. Rather than diverting their frustrations on something else, you can create a sensory bottle that they can stare at while they are in the time-out area.

Creating this is easy. What’s great is that you can customize it based on what can catch your child’s attention. Here’s an idea on how to make a Glitter Sensory Bottle!

Materials:

  • VOSS water bottle (or any bottle from the recycle bin will work)
  • Goo Gone
  • pink, orange, yellow, red, or gold glitter glue
  • yellow liquid watercolor paint or yellow food coloring
  • 1-quart measuring cup (optional)
  • Whisk (optional)
  • Super glue

Directions:

  1. If you are using a Voss Water Bottle, you can remove the label using warm soapy water or use Goo Gone for any remaining residue.
  • Pour 1 ½ cups of very hot (boiling is preferred) water into a quart measuring cup. If you are using a plastic measuring cup, cool the water a little to avoid melting it.
  • Squeeze 1/3 bottle (2 oz.) of glitter glue or 2 oz. of clear glue into the hot water in the measuring cup or directly into the sensory bottle.  You can purchase glitter glue of any color in a craft store.
  • It’s up to you if you would like to mix the glitter sensory bottle ingredients in a measuring cup with a whisk before pouring it into the sensory bottle.
  • Add different shapes and sizes of glitter. An assortment of golds, oranges, and reds can give the feel of a sunburst. This is especially beautiful when you shake the bottle.
  • If you are using a measuring cup to mix your glitter sensory bottle, give it a final stir and quickly pour the mixture into your bottle. You can also opt to just place the glitters straight to the bottle and then shake it after.
  • Add a drop or two of liquid yellow watercolor or yellow food coloring to make your sensory bottle have a yellow-orange tint like the shining sun. Be careful not to add too much, a tiny drop goes a LONG way!
  • Place the lid on the glitter sensory bottle and give it a shake to see if you like it. Need more glitter or liquid watercolor? Add it in before topping it off with water.

Post Activity:

  • Discuss with the kids the purpose of the sensory bottle. Let them discover the soothing effect of this whenever they are frustrated or on the verge of throwing a tantrum. Hopefully, this can be a tool that can help them rid of their anxiety.
  • Aside from glitters, you can place any item in the sensory bottle that can spark interest in your child! Be creative!

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