Sensory bottles are a great way to help your mind calm down and relax. There are so many different ways to create your own, and they are really easy to make, requiring minimal supplies. For the bottle, you can purchase a nice clear bottle specifically for this project, or you can do what I did and reuse a beverage bottle. I used Bai bottles for most of mine because I like how they are sturdy and smooth. Some water bottles are super thin and flimsy so they won’t hold up well to sensory exploration.
The base can be created with a variety of liquids. You can use glitter glue, clear hair gel, corn syrup, clear tacky glue, hair conditioner, clear liquid soap or glycerin. Adding one of these ingredients helps the other items you put in your bottle float better instead of immediately settling to the bottom after being shaken. Since each one of these items has different properties, results may vary. Make sure you do not fill it completely to the top with liquid. You need to leave some space at the top so there is room for the liquid to move around a little. Once you have your bottle made to your liking, I highly recommend using hot glue or super glue to seal the lid closed. You don’t want to shake it with a loose lid!
I wanted to try making a few different kinds of sensory bottles to see what I thought worked the best.
What senses are active with sensory bottles?
- Visual: Watch as the glitter, sand or water beads move and swirl with the water mixture, or look carefully so you can find the objects hidden in the rice.
- Tactile: Your bottle may have bumps and ridges on it that you can feel as you shake the bottle. Depending on what you have inside your bottle, you might even be able to feel objects moving.
- Auditory: Can you hear the objects inside your bottle moving and bumping into other objects?
- Proprioceptive: This is the sensory input you feel in your muscles and joints. If you make a weighted bottle, you have to work a little harder to shake it, and if you have glue mixed in, you have to shake extra hard to get everything dislodged to swirl around.
We also have a wide variety of music options that would be perfect to enjoy while relaxing with a sensory bottle. You can try one of the following CDs: