Sensory bottles – I am sure you have seen them. They go by many names… sensory bottles, discovery bottles, calm down jars, etc. In a nutshell, they are containers that are filled with various materials as a way to encourage sensory play with little or no mess. YES PLEASE.
They are super useful and adored by younger kids (ages 2-4). That being said, my 6 yr old likes em too. He especially likes to help make them. And they are even great for infants.
Some young kids don’t like tactile input of open sensory bins or are too young to play with certain items (in fear that they might choke or get injured). Enter the magical sensory bottle. They are a fun way for kids to explore while keeping them safe and CLEAN! Added bonus, studies have shown that these bottles can help calm a child. They help a child calm their breathing and regulate their emotions. WIN WIN WIN!
My 3 yr old daughter’s PreK teacher asked if I could help her out by making some for the class. OK I said…Let’s Do This. Here are the bottles I created. Did I mention they are cheap to make? Yesssssss.
The concept is simple you get an empty plastic bottle or vessel of some kind. Fill it with trinkets and stuff. Seal the lid with super glue. Watch the kids explore.
The options for fillers are endless. Here are a few ideas:
- cut up pipe cleaners
- shredded paper
- small figurines
- small LEGOS
- water/baby oil/glitter
- water/oil/food coloring
- corn syrup/trinkets
- pom poms
- beans /dried goods/rice
So get to it. Get creative. Have fun. What do you have to lose?