My Pinterest addiction has introduced me to several new ideas for fun things to do with C, including making sensory bottles for him. C has sensory processing disorder (SPD) and these sensory bottles might provide some interest to various textures. Depending on your child’s age, you could even have them help you create their own bottles! Touching these different textures will give them tactile sensory input.
I had a lot of fun browsing the aisles of my local craft store for fun items to put inside of these. I came up with some glitter, confetti, pom poms, dice, beads, and ribbon. Did you notice the awesome “C” ribbon? I couldn’t resist!
First, you’ll need to wash the bottles and get those pesky labels off. Some people say that hot, soapy water removes the sticky label residue, but I didn’t have any luck with that. My tip? Baby oil. It’s a little messy, but it does the trick! Next, fill your bottles with your fun items. I put beads, dice, pom poms and ribbon in this one. C will love making lots of noise with this!
I put a few drops of neon blue food coloring in the second bottle, then filled it halfway with water. After adding confetti, I used baby oil to fill the other half of the bottle. Shake to mix the food coloring. I think C will enjoy watching the oil and blue water separate.
In the third bottle, I added pom poms, dice, glitter stars and ribbon. Then I filled it with water.
Apply hot glue to the inside of the bottle caps before twisting them on. Here’s the final product! I can’t wait to see what C thinks of his new sensory bottles!
We love sensory activities in our household! Click here to see another fun thing we use to help the kids regulate.
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