DIY Sensory Bottle Ideas for Kids to Make

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If your child has sensory processing issues or ADD — or even if they don’t — they will love these simple sensory bottles.

Also known as “calm down bottles,” these DIY sensory bottles are a tool for younger and older children alike that can help them self-regulate by giving them something peaceful to focus on.

What Items Can You Put in a Sensory Bottle?

One of the nice things about sensory bottles is that they’re so versatile. You don’t even really directions, and you can vary it any way you like depending on your personal preference and what you have in the house.

The basic recipe is start with a clean, empty bottle, and fill it with:

  • Warm water
  • A “sticky” substance, like glitter glue, corn syrup, cooking oil, hair gel, etc
  • Add anything from water beads to confetti to pipe cleaners to plastic toys
  • Optional “pretty things” like food coloring

You can also make a “non-liquid” version by filling a bottle or jar with rice and a bunch of small items.

We like to use 11.2 ounce VOSS Water Bottles for our sensory bottles. They’re the perfect size and shape, with smooth edges and a flat bottom, and the finished product looks beautiful.

They come in either glass or plastic, but I recommend the plastic bottles because they’re lighter and easier to hold, especially for small hands.

In addition to being available on Amazon, you can also buy Voss bottles at Kroger, Wal-Mart, or Whole Foods, or Target.

Another thing we like to do is secure the lid to the bottle by using a hot glue gun when we’re finished.

Here are 11 great ideas for kids’ sensory bottles. Think of them as a jumping-off point for coming up with your own versions.

Sensory Bottle for Kids

water beads



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