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With Christmas fast approaching, today we decided to make some Christmas sensory bottles! They’re super easy to make with items you probably already have around the house! I made three super easy bottles for my 1.5 year old which would be perfect for babies and toddlers alike!

First I collected some plastic VOSS water bottles from my local Woolworth’s store. They are my favourite bottles to use because they are nice and big! I also love how the labels peel off really easily.

I decided to make three sensory bottles – a glitter sensory bottle, a tinsel and bell sensory bottle and a rainbow rice sensory bottle.

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Glitter Sensory Bottle

To make the glitter sensory bottle, you just need some glitter glue, loose glitter, food dye and warm water. First you will need to add some red food dye to the warm water and fill the bottle almost all the way to the top.

Add in some glitter glue (I used three glitter glue pens for my bottle or approx 1/4 cup) and a sprinkle or two of loose glitter. Screw the lid on and shake the bottle well.

Your little learners will love watching the glitter swirl around in the bottle! If you want the glitter to settle a little slower, just add some more glitter glue!

You can read more about glitter sensory bottles in this post.

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Tinsel and Bell Sensory Bottle

The next bottle is so easy to make! I just cut some tinsel from our Christmas tree (shhh, don’t tell my hubby hehe) and poked it down into the bottle using a skewer.

Then I just added some bells from my craft stash! This bottle made such a beautiful sound when we shook it around!

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Rainbow Rice Sensory Bottle

Rainbow rice is one of my favourite sensory materials to use and it’s incredibly easy to prepare! Add your uncooked rice to a ziplock bag and add a splash of food dye and a squirt of hand sanitizer. The sanitizer just helps the colour distribute through the rice a little better. I’ve also used white vinegar rather than sanitizer and that works well too.

Seal the bag and shake it around until the food dye has covered all of the rice. You can add some more colour if you think it needs it. I tend to use quite a bit for nice bright colours!

You can then pour the rice out onto some baking paper to dry. Some people also like to pop it in a really low oven but I haven’t needed to try that here in sunny Queensland!

Once dry, I just added some of the sensory rice to my sensory bottle! Don’t you just love the contrast of the green and red?

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As you can see, these Christmas sensory bottles were SO easy to put together!

We had so much fun stacking the sensory bottles on top of each other! Elliot is almost 18 months old now so he’s really into stacking and knocking things over. With an emphasis on the knocking over!

These Christmas sensory bottles would also be perfect for younger toddlers and babies. Pop them in a discovery basket with some other baby-safe Christmas items and you have a beautiful little sensory basket ready to go!

About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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