Toddler Meditation in a Bottle: Quick + Simple Sensory Bottle

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Any bottle that can be tightly sealed will work – I recommend one with a wide mouth to make it easier on you!

What you need:

  • Things you probably have around the house
    • Bottle – plastic is best if you want to leave your toddler alone. The wider the mouth, the easier creating this will be for you.
    • Hand soap
    • Glue
    • Food coloring
  • Things to buyschedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity
    • (Optional) Glitter glue – I used glitter glue instead of regular glue to eliminate the need for separate glitter
    • Sequins – if you don’t have them already, these smaller shapes will fit easily into most bottles

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Ideal Age Range:

Ideal for ages 1 – 2.

Mess Factor:

Low. But once you are happy with the final product, glue the top on to make sure it doesn’t leak (and make you cry!).

Prep Time:

15 – 20 minutes (the wider the mouth of your bottle, the faster this comes together)

My finished sensory bottle

How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

This is something that you should make on your own for your child to use. This isn’t an exact science, so you may need to leave some time to test this out and get the consistency you want.

  1. Squeeze about 1/4 cup of hand soap into the bottle.
    • You can adjust if your bottle is bigger/ smaller. The soap is what causes everything in the bottle to slow down, so put in more if you want things to slide slowly.
  2. Fill bottle about 1/2 way with warm water.
Step 3 – add drops of food coloring to your bottle

Funnel hack – if you are having a hard time getting sequins into your bottle, grab a piece of paper and make a quick funnel

  1. Add a few drops of your chosen food coloring – you can add more or less based on your desired finished color
    • Instead of food coloring you can also use tempra paint – simply skip step 3 and whisk the paint together with items in Step #4
    • If you are going to use colored glitter glue, keep in mind that this will change the final color of you water.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together about 1/8 cup glue (or glitter glue) and 1/4 c more warm water. Once it is fairly mixed, add to your bottle.
  3. If you did not use glitter paint, add in glitter now. You can also add in more sequins.
    • Other fun items to add can be water beads (don’t add too many) or pony beads
  4. Place your cap back on and shake your bottle. You can add more food coloring, soap, sequins or glitter to adjust the consistency.
  5. Once you are happy with the final product, glue the cap on to avoid any accidents!

Active Instructions:

Depending on the age of your child, you may be able to introduce the use of the Sensory Bottle actively as something that they can ask for if they need to calm down. My 1 year old just thinks it is a fun thing to roll on the floor and point to. Anything in between is success!

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