Little Miss Gwen (13 months) is into visual sensory play these days so there's no better time than now to make her...
Interesting Sensory Bottles!
I place the sensory bottles permanently in an easy-to-access basket at her play area and she can be seen shaking the bottles several times a day, quietly observing what happens in them.
It might seem wasteful to dump lots of materials into bottles just for "entertainment's sake", so I decided to scale down the ingredients required and recycle plastic bottles for my sensory bottles.
How to Make Simple But Effective Sensory Bottles
- Pour half a regular tube worth of glitter into each recycled plastic bottle
- Add room temperature water into the plastic bottle
- Seal with strong transparent tape
- Apart from glitter, you could add small colourful items like buttons or unusual ones like wiggle eyes (which is what I did. It makes a fascinating sound when they rush up and down the bottle when tilted.)
- Add a few drops of food colouring if you're using light-coloured glitter or items. I added 1-2 drops of red food colouring to form a pale pink solution against silver glitter. It's subtle but oh-so-pretty!
- Have your child look at the sensory bottles in a brightly lit place (preferably near the windows) so she can observe what happens in the sensory bottles well
Most online sensory bottle tutorials talk about adding glue to the water to make a glue/water solution. That's to make the glitter settle more slowly. I decided to do away with glue so that I can easily empty the plastic bottles and update with new sensory items every now and then.
Benefits of Sensory Bottles for Babies & Toddlers
- Great visual sensory play for young children
- Ease anxiety and train focus
- Good for calming down kids post meltdown/tantrums
- Learn colours and science (gravity!)
- Promote language development (use creative adjectives to describe the sensory bottles, and how you feel looking at them)
More Complex But Cooler Sensory Bottles
- Check out rainbow galaxy themed sensory bottles at Rhythms of Play
- For night use, make glow in the dark sensory bottles, tutorial at Teaching Mama
I hope your little one enjoys this visual sensory play! Share your experience with me at miraculove_sg (Instagram Direct Message) or join my exclusive Facebook group to exchange more play ideas!
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.