Sensory Recipes: iSpy & Glitter Bottles

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Everyone loves a good craft/activity recipe. Since I discovered the world of child life, one of my favorite things to Pinterest were sensory activities. After college, I worked as an ABA specialist in a clinic. Many of the kids that I worked with enjoyed lots of sensory input to help them when they were feeling, anxious, upset or bored!

Sensory bottles can have so many purposes. They can be used as a timer of sorts, a way to help calm down, distraction as a search and find toy and more. I’ve seen sensory bottles be made with a variety of materials from water beads, rice, soap and glitter glue, to even rocks, sticks, and sand! When I was making my own sensory bottles, I knew I wanted to incorporate a distraction component. I love all search and find activities, iSpy books, etc. Below, I’ve listed the recipes for my two favorite sensory bottles.

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Search and Find Bottle: Under the Sea!

Materials:

  • Empty Bottle
  • Water
  • Glitter Glue (I used blue and purple)
  • Clear Elmer’s glue
  • Glitter
  • Food Coloring
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Rubber bands
  • Colored paperclips
  • Small plastic animals
  • Pom poms (variety of sizes/colors)
  • Anything else you can find!

Instructions:

  1. I started by layering my materials in my empty bottle. I put in the sequins, beads, animals, paperclips, etc.
  2. Next, I poured in about 1/4 of a bottle of the blue glitter glue and 1/4 of the purple, and 1/4 of the clear glue.
  3. Add your hot water! Most recipes that I have found say to use hot water when making glitter bottles and I couldn’t agree more. Making sure the water is hot will help melt the glue and mix the glitter around.
  4. Pour another 1/4 of each kind of glue.
  5. Pour in the glitter of your choice! I chose to add white, silver and blue glitter.
  6. Add 3-5 drops of food coloring, depending on how dark you want the water to be!
  7. Use super glue or a hot glue gun to seal the cap on the bottle. I used super glue in the threads of the bottle and twisted it tight.
  8. Last but not least: shake, shake shake!

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Search and Find Bottle: Rice and Feathers!

Materials:

  • Empty Bottle
  • Colored rice
  • Feathers
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Rubber bands
  • Colored paperclips
  • Small plastic animals
  • Pom poms (variety of sizes/colors)
  • Foam letters
  • Anything else you can find!

Instructions:

  1. I found layering the materials really important in making this bottle. I added about a 1/2 on colored rice to the bottle. You can use multicolored rice, one color or even regular white or brown rice for these bottles.
  2. Layer the remaining materials: Feathers, rubber bands, sequins, beads, foam letters and more.
  3. Add small amounts of rice in between materials, rotating and mixing them as you go.
  4. I suggest leaving about two inches of space from your materials to the top of the bottle. This will help when mixing the materials, and makes it more fun when searching for the items!
  5. Shake, turn and search!

 

I want to hear from you! What are your favorite sensory activities and recipes?

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Email: giveplayloveccls@gmail.com

 

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