What is sensory play?
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. *taken from the PBS website.
Sensory in a bottle encompasses touch, sight and hearing.
Sensory bottles are often used as a quiet play time activity, but they can also be effective skill building tools.
My son has used sensory bottles very successfully in the past. As a child on the Autism spectrum, it is often hard for him to relax and calm down.
We used this as a Calming Bottle.
He would carry this bottle in his backpack and when he needed to take a “sensory break” or time out, he would use this. He would shake it hard, sit and watch the glitter until it all settled at the bottom. It was a very effective calming tool for him.
This is a very simple bottle. We used a small water bottle, water, green food coloring and green glitter. (His favorite color is green!) Put them all together in the bottle and then seal the top. We have used hot glue and super glue. Both hold up well!
Sensory in a Bottle is a fun activity to include your kids in! Help them assemble the bottles. Let them pick what goes in them.
Another great thing?
You can use just about ANYTHING!
Some good items to use are:
- Oil (a lot not a little)
- Glitter (looks better the more you use)
- Food coloring
- Fish tank gravel
- Pipe Cleaners
The list goes on and on.
Here are a few that we put together to show you.
I will show you step by step (in picture) how we assembled them.
|Remove the labels|
|What we put inside|
|Ready for water|
These are awesome for quiet time activities, but they can also be used for other things. You could put in items and use the as an I-Spy game, leave out the water and make rattles, add oil and make waves. The possibilities of what can go inside are endless and as simple as what you have in your craft or junk drawer!
Each sensory bottle takes on a life of it’s own. They all become so different! Just remember, get your kids involved and HAVE FUN!
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