Aquatic Creatures Sensory Bottle
November 13, 2017
I now have a toddler I can engage in sensory play with so my first thought was to have him make his very first sensory bottle! You can’t go wrong with this idea as a DIY parent because they can help your child remain engaged or calm. For our first sensory bottle, we went with a fun aquatic creature theme so we could reuse some of Drew’s nautical-themed birthday supplies that were in our closet unused. There are endless options to choose from when deciding what kind of bottle to create so the decision is ultimately yours.
• VOSS plastic bottle
• TOOB ocean creatures
• Sea shells • Sand (optional)
• Food coloring (green)
• Elmer’s glitter glue (blue)
• Fine glitter (silver)
• Hair gel (optional)
How To Choose The Perfect Bottle:
I’ve made several sensory bottles and with time, I’ve learned smaller bottles is the best way to go, but for my son’s first time, I went ahead and used a much longer bottle because I knew it would fit all of his aquatic animals as opposed to a smaller bottle. A VOSS water bottle is my favorite because its sleek, long, and thin. You want to consider what objects you’ll be inserting into the bottle because the opening has to be wide enough. I also prefer this brand because there are three sizes to choose from (I used the biggest size for this project), but the 11.2 0z bottle is easier for babies or toddlers to carry on their own. Making The Bottle: You’ll want to remove the label and the sticky residue from the bottle so there is a nice finished look at the end. I simply peeled the label off without any difficulty, but if you struggle, I recommend Goo Gone (a little goes a long way). I poured half the water out of the bottle and squeezed two drops of green food coloring (Americolor) to ensure a color of sea water. This is trial and error because my first time doing this, I added way too much green, and I had to start all over again with a new bottle so only two drops! I did not use food coloring for the blue, but instead used Elmer’s Glitter Glue in the color blue. Again, a little goes a long way, and this should only be used if you have experience with making sensory bottles. The glue has to be properly shaken because if not, it will clump together at the bottle of the bottle. A helpful tip to prevent clumps from forming is mixing the glitter glue with hot water rather than room temperature water. For my next ocean creature sensory bottle, I will be using hair gel, which I recommend more than just using water, food coloring, glitter, and glitter glue. I was afraid what would happen if the VOSS bottle opened with all the chemicals in the hair gel, but so far, the bottle has not opened! So mixing hair gel with a tiny bit of blue-green liquid water coloring at a time will make it look much more realistic (adding bubble-effect). Also, the hair gel will help keep the objects you choose suspended in placed as opposed to floating around in water alone. I think for a baby, having the objects float around is much more entertaining for them than having them suspended in place, but that is all up to your style of choice
or what your child might want as well. After all, they are the ones who are going to be grabbing the bottle anyway!
For the aquatic objects, I used TOOB Animal Sets. The aquatic animals included sperm whale, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, starfish, penguins, sea turtles, etc. We threw in some seashells that we had purchased from the craft store months back as well. You’ll also want to be careful with any metallic or magnetic objects because they will rust with time if they are not in their proper liquid. You could incorporate sand but with hair gel (if that is the route you take) it will be messy so be mindful of that but if you do not use it, sand will be fine.