Looking for the fun, calming effects, and stimulation of sensory play without a mess? Try making sensory bottles! They are so simple and quick to make, last a long time, and are appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. With the little ones, you'll likely want to make this on your own, but toddlers and preschoolers can help to take part in the process! Let them choose the items they'd like to. Filling the bottles up takes lots of fine motor coordination and hand eye coordination.
One of the best parts of this activity, is that there are lots of variations to try, and each will offer a different type of stimulation! Here are a few of my favorites:
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1. Empty Clear Sensory Bottles
These are a great size for little hands to manipulate and come in bulk so you can try lots of different fillers!
Then, fill the bottles up with any of these great options! There are so many engaging items you can use inside sensory bottles to stimulate your child. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started. Bells, buttons, and wooden beads are great for auditory stimulation. Colorful confetti and pom poms are very visually stimulating.
You will likely want to use a hot glue gun to seal your lid shut, as many of these fillers are small and could present a choking hazard!