Sensory bottles are great aids for children to help them to calm down and regulate their emotions. They are also great for kids who are sensory seekers and love to explore the mesmerising motion of the bottle’s contents.
These bottles are so cheap and quick to make and the kids love them. When they fly into a tantrum or are anxious, shaking the bottle and watching it for a while helps them to move to a place of calm much quicker.
This sensory bottle has a love theme. It’s a great activity to do around a holiday like Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day but just as fun all year round.
You will need:
- An empty plastic bottle
- Red or pink food colouring
- Baby oil
- Love heart buttons
- Foam love hearts
- Love heart sweets
- Heart-shaped glass beads
- Strong glue or sticky tape
- Wash out the bottle thoroughly
- Half fill the bottle with water and add a few drops of food colouring. You can make the colour as deep as you like by adding more.
- Add some baby oil to the top of the water (leaving room for the other items)
- The children can choose what they would like to add to their bottle. Anything waterproof should work but for our love theme, those items listed above are perfect
- Once the children have added all their items, secure the lid onto the bottle with either strong glue or sticky tape.
- Shake the bottle! Watch as it starts to settle and see how it calms your little one in no time.
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this fab activity. I’m off now to stare at my own sensory bottle!
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