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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:
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.
The great thing about I Spy Bottles is that they keep your kids focused for quite some time. You can create these using whatever you have handy, including things like pipe cleaner pieces, buttons, and small pieces of ribbon.
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