We love creating sensory bottles at our home. All three of my boys like playing with them! My toddler (15 months) is the one that plays with them the most. In fact, he prefers to play with them over toys most of the time! I found some red lamp oil in my cupboards and decided to create a sensory bottle with it. In the end it looked like a sunset, so I’m calling it our Fall Sunset Sensory Bottle.
Here’s what we used in the bottle:
- Red Lamp Oil (you can also get this at Michael’s craft store and make sure to use a coupon!)
- water (colored orange–I used 2 drops of orange paint, but you could also use food coloring)
- acrylic leaves (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Voss plastic water bottles
To make the bottle, pour in the orange water until the bottle is halfway full. Next, pour in the red lamp oil. You’ll notice that the two do not mix together! If you’re making this with your little one, you can explain that the oil always floats to the top because it’s less dense. Next, place the acrylic leaves int he bottle. Watch as they only go in the water side and don’t cross into the oil side. Very neat to watch!
When you turn the bottle back and forth, it will create some cool bubbles!
It’s hard to describe how the sensory bottle looks in pictures, so here’s a video:
We LOVE sensory bottles! You can see more of our sensory bottles here. Let me know if you try it out!
Mary Campbell says
I never heard of a sensory bottle either. Where does this concept come from and how is it fun to play with? What age group are they best for?
I have never heard of a sensory bottle before. I’m glad that you posted this because it looks like a fun easy project to keep the kids happy.
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