Why are Sensory Bottles Important?
The most obvious benefit of sensory bottles would be their direct connection to sensory play. Sensory play is a hands on way to expose children to the world around them and allow their brains to make important connection. I love how Sensory bottles address a wide range of skills and concepts and can be adapted to meet the needs of the children using them.
Skills/Concepts Address (but not limited to)
Maths: Counting, Ordinal Numbers, Matching, Addition, Shapes, Number Recognition
Language: Receptive Language (asking questions), Descriptive Language, Following 2-3 step Directions, Vocabulary Development
Reading/ Pre-Reading: Phonics, Beginning/ Ending sounds, Letter Matching, Sight Word Recognition, Fine Motor
Social Skills: Sharing, Communication, Problem Solving
Science: Sink/Float, Absorption, Classification, Sorting, Predictions, Observation
As I mentioned before, Sensory Bottles can be great for all ages. Older children can take part in creating the them, younger children can experience materials that are too small for them. The possibilities are endless.
Here are some sensory bottles that are easy to make at home !
Sensory bottles can be created in any empty bottle that has a lid. For younger children, I suggest hot gluing the lid on so that they can’t open it. You can fill the bottle with liquids or solids and a variety of items. If you mix clear glue with warm water (approximately half and half), you can slow down the movement of the items in the bottle, adding to the calm-down effect. Adding heavier items orusing a glass bottle(not for younger children obviously) creates a weighted sensory bottle.
See my video below on how to make a glitter sensory bottle
Here's lots of other ideas of Sensory bottles you can make at home
Let me know if you try them !
Love Elisa xxx