My little guy LOVES his sensory bottles. I started making them for him one day when I realized how much he was enjoying playing with my half-full water bottle.
His current favorite is this one filled with water, small balloons, and pony beads.
Since then I’ve gotten a little more creative. I keep making new sets and changing them out periodically to keep him interested. He loves looking at them and it gets him up close and personal to materials he would otherwise not be able to go near at his age. I try to mix it up a little bit. Fill some with water and other objects, but others I fill with things like pom poms, water beads, or popcorn kernels. When I make the bottles I try to think about the different weights of the bottles or sounds they might make as he plays with them as well as how visually stimulating they are. As C has gotten more mobile they’ve also become good motivators for crawling. He bats at them…they roll away… he tries to go after them!
If you’ve yet to try making sensory bottles for your little ones (babies & toddlers alike) don’t miss out on the fun. There’s plenty of inspiration out there. You can put just about anything in them. Here are a few ideas from a few good friends to get you started!
Check out these fun bottles that The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
did her her little ones.
She added a special twist to make it even more interactive for her oldest. I especially love how vibrant her bottles came out. You can read how she did it here.
Sometimes its the simplest things that entertain our babes the longest.
We can’t forget about the older kiddos either!
I love how they used the larger gatorade bottles. I need to try that sometime!
And lastly… (if all else fails)… Just give them the empty bottles
Our babes has lots of fun with those too!
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