Mini Aquarium in a Bottle (Ocean Sensory Play)
These ocean sensory bottles — or, as I like to call them, “mini aquariums” — are ridiculously easy and are a great sensory activity for little hands.
There’s nothing wrong with making these bottles just for something fun and pretty to shake around, but they’re also a great way to learn about sea creatures and ocean life.
Just add a few books ….
… and some videos …
Video – Ocean Animals for Kids
Ocean Animals for Preschool & Kindergarten
… throw in some ocean-themed snacks, and you’ve got a super-easy, hands-on unit study!
We used a Voss water bottle for this, but you can certainly be creative with the type and size of bottle that you use.
You can also add a nice touch to your bottle by adding a few small seashells.
- 16.9 oz. sensory bottle
- 1 (5oz.) bottle of Elmer’s clear glue
- Plastic Ocean Animals
- Clear Water
- Blue food coloring
- Tape or glue for securing the bottle shut (optional)
1. Gather all materials.
2. Pour all of the clear glue into the bottle.
3. Add the ocean animal toys.
4. Fill the remaining bottle with water.
5. Add one drop of blue food coloring to the bottle.
6. Close the bottle. Use tape or glue to secure the lid if you like.
7. Enjoy your bottle!
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