Sensory Bottles

These are so easy to make and great for babies and toddlers to explore different sounds, colors, and more. They can also be really calming. We made six of them, but there are so many other different types you could do.

I took empty water and soda bottles, peeled off the labels and washed off the stickiness, let them dry and then filled them with the different items. Then, I hot glued the lids shut.


In order of how they’re pictured above:

  1. Water + red food coloring + vegetable oil: When you shake it up, it has a lava lamp sort of effect
  2. Water + yellow food coloring + dish soap to make it nice and bubbly
  3. Rice + sequins (one of my favorites because of the sound and the I-spy aspect)
  4. Water + green food coloring + beads for sight and sound sensory
  5. Water + blue food coloring + seashells for a really calming beach sensory bottle
  6. Multicolored pompoms and pipe cleaners for counting and colors

You could really do anything like water, rice, oats, etc. with some type of filler (beads, buttons, etc.).

Sweet Pea and Love Bug couldn’t wait to explore them (though they soon started fighting over them).

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Little Flower enjoyed them too.

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About Kelly

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two boys and a girl. My Love Bug is 4 and has been doing art projects since just after turning 2. My Sweet Pea is 2 and tries to do everything his brother does. Little Flower is 4 months and has no idea of all the fun she has ahead of her.
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