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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sensory Bottles

I've been making sensory bottles for my son since he was 10 months old but I finally got around to taking photos and blogging about them. I'm slowly collecting pop bottles to expand our collection since he loves them so much, but since I've given up drinking the stuff I'm slowly waiting for friends and family to collect them for me. Here's what what we've made so far:








How to make sensory bottles:

1. Collect clear plastic bottles
2. Wash the bottles & remove all labels
3. Fill bottles with a variety of materials
4. Secure the caps onto the bottle with super glue or duct tape
5. Use under parent supervision

Floating ABC Bottle

Fill your bottle 3/4 full of water. Add a few drops of corn syrup for fullness (& to make the objects move slower). Add alphabet confetti. Shake to mix. Seal tightly.

To use: Roll the bottle on the floor & try to find all of the ABCs.

Calming Glitter Bottle

Fill your bottle 3/4 full of water. Add a few drops of corn syrup for fullness (& to make the objects move slower). Add the glitter to the bottle. Shake to mix. Seal tightly.

To use: Roll the bottle on the floor & watch as the glitter moves in different directions. Try to make a whirl pool.


Static Electricity Bottle

Make sure your bottle is completely dry. Add small pieces of tissue paper & styrofoam. Seal tightly. 

To use: Rub the bottle on the carpet or in someones hair. Watch the static electricity reaction & hear the giggles as your toddler watches your hair stand up!

Lava Bottle

Fill a bottle half way with water. Add several drops of food colouring until you have the shade you are looking for (darker shades work best). Top the bottle off with baby oil & add glitter if desired. Seal tightly.

To use: Turn it upside down & watch as the oil forms blobs that will rise to the top like a lava lamp.

Bubble Bottle


Fill a bottle 3/4 way with water. Add several tablespoons of dish soap and a few drops of food colouring until you have the shade you are looking for (darker shades work best). Seal tightly.

To use: Shake the bottle to make bubbles.

Starry Night Bottle








Fill a bottle half way with water. Add several drops of blue food colouring until you have the shade you are looking for (darker shades work best). Add star shaped beads then top the bottle off with corn syrup.

To use: Roll the bottle on the floor & watch as the star beads move in different directions. Try to make a whirl pool.


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24 comments:

  1. I have a bottle like this, somewhere. We made it at an activity class when my daugther was 7 month old. I've put glitters and shapes in it :)

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  2. holy bill nye the science guy-those are cool! i have never heard of them before

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  3. THESE ARE AWESOME!! You need to link these up to Mad Skills Monday at SSB! I also may have to blog about these toys...very creative!

    Blessing,
    Ginger
    http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow, I love those ideas! I am going to have to make some for my daughter and son. I have an I-Spy-Bottle - filled with rice and many tiny objects that my son just LOVES since it rattles. I actually made it for my daughter a year ago. (I should write a post about this ... never did ...) But maybe he would enjoy looking at your bottles, too ... I am really curious about that lava and glitter one ...
    So excited - want to start right away! Need to collect bottles first. :-(

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  5. Awesome! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday! Hope to see you next week!

    Blessings,
    Ginger
    SSB

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  6. Great idea! My eight month old song LOVES water bottles and I put some bells in a dried, empty one, but I didn't even think of doing water and glitter etc. Thanks!

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  7. Love this idea and will definitely make some for my son... thanks!

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  8. These are great, thanks for sharing such a great variety of ideas for them.

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  9. Hi Jenn! I'm stopping by from New Friend Friday. I love this idea, you've put a lot of thought into it! I saw you're in Sydney...totally jealous. I lived down on the VIC/NSW border in high school and have been back to visit. I would LOVE to go back and actually stay!! Cheers!

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  10. Those are great. We make them all the time for our children at the preschool I work at.

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  11. THese are all such fun ideas! I love them all and I think my 2 year would have a blast with these! :)

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  12. What fun!!
    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  14. Those are terrific. What fun!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I love them all. I'm your newest follower from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative. I love you blog. Can't wait to read more.

    -K
    http://mypottyseat.blogspot.com/

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  16. Very cool! I am a new follower from FMF!!! Would love if you come and follow back!

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  17. These are fantastic! What an assortment!

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  18. Fun way to recycle your bottles just in time for Earth Day!! Good idea. I was just looking at some old medicine bottles thinking they would make good rattles if I put beans inside. Just would need to make sure it was closed tight and/or taped for safety.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

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  19. What a fun idea! My son is only four and a half months but I bet he would still love these because of the bright colors!

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  20. How fun! We made sensory balloons recently which was a lot of fun too.

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  21. I have made snow globes with baby food jars, but clearly didn't want my toddler playing with glass. Next empty coke bottle I have I am going to make her a plastic version like the floating ABC's.

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