How to Make a Sensory Bottle

I have listed the ingredients and instructions for making the sensory bottle below, as well as a list of skills and examples of how to work them into the activity. As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate learning into creative activities. Have fun!

Ingredients:

  • 330ml Voss Plastic Water Bottle (any water bottle will work)
  • Glitter Glue
  • Bigger glitter flakes (I used blue)
  • Smaller glitter flakes (I used purple, blue, and gold)
  • Liquid watercolor (I used green)
  • Super glue or Gorilla Glue
  • Measuring Cup
  • Whisk

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water from the water bottle
  2. Pour into measuring cup
  3. Squeeze 1/4-1/3 of bottle of glitter glue into hot water
  4. Stir
  5. Add flakes of bigger glitter
  6. Shake in smaller glitter
  7. Stir
  8. Add a few drops of liquid water color
  9. Stir
  10. If happy with amount of glitter, pour from measuring cup into water bottle
  11. Close and shake to see how it looks
  12. Add more water or glitter if need be
  13. Once happy with the way it looks, glue cap closed

Skills you can work on:

Object labels
  • Adult: “What is this?” + hold up glue
  • Child: “Glue”
Object selection
  • Adult: “Give me the glue” with a few different objects on table
  • Child:  Selects glue
Action Labels
  • Adult: “What am I doing?” while stirring
  • Child: “Stirring”
Action Instructions
  • Adult: “Show me opening”
  • Child: Opens bottle
Color Labels
  • Adult: “What color is this?” + hold up purple glitter
  • Child: “Purple”
Color Selection
  • Adult: “Find the red one” with a few objects of different colors on table
  • Child: Selects red object
Features:
  • Adult: “Can you give me the big glue?” with both a big and small glue on table
  • Child: Selects big glue
Function:
  • Adult: “What do you do with a spoon?”/ “What do you stir with?”
  • Child: “Stir”/ “Spoon”
Choices:
  • Adult: “Which color do you want?” + hold up choices
  • Child: “Blue” or child can point to select
Manding (Requesting):

Objects

    • :
      • Adult: Withhold glitter or natural motivation for glitter
      • Child: “glitter please”

Actions:

    • Adult: Create situation where child needs help
    • Child: “Help”
Echoics:
  • Adult: “Say open”
  • Child: “open”
Preposition Labels:
  • Adult: “Where is the glue?” + glue next to bottle
  • Child: “Next to the bottle”
Preposition instruction:
  • Adult: “Put this on the table” + hand child glitter
  • Child: Puts glitter on the table
Turn-taking:
  • This could be an opportunity to work on taking turns with adding things to the bottle.