Sensory bottle ideas?

Question:Anyone have ideas for things to put in sensory bottles for a preschool class, such as glitter, etc? How to make them?

lots of the answers here are really good...myself have found that the younger the child the more colors are needed (ive even made sensory bottles for babies using bottles like AquaPod water) and other smaller or skinnier bottles with very colorful items inside. also good are dry bottles with different types of things in them small bells, shells, rice, beans, sand/with shells.

As children get older the mystery bottles or seek/find bottles become more fun and the children will make games to find the most "stuff" in their year each child made a sensory bottle of their own...some brought special treasures of their own others made them with items we had for them to choose...but the one all time Favorite bottle is "toranado tube" chidren cant resist making their own tornado in a bottle...

good luck

Cotton Ball with a noticeable liquid e.g. rose oil, orange oil, etc.

Beans or other pebbles (for sounds)

Nothing to eat.
-corn syrup and marbles
-corn syrup w/ food coloring
-rice, beads, beans, for sounds
-feathers, foam shapes for texture/color
-soap and colored water (will make cool bubbles)
-small bells

Make sure you hot glue them or use tacky glue so they wont open!

Discovery bottles: fill bottles about half way or 2/3 with sand or rice and add small plastic toys like dinosaurs, jacks, small sea shells, buttons, tiny crayons, etc. Then have a "scavenger hunt" style activity with them. Who has a dinosaur in your bottle? Can you find a seashell? Does anybody see a button? I have a blue one in mine. Very relaxing and good for language development.
Fill them 4/5 full with light Karo Syrup and the rest of the way with water. Drop in shiny things, or different color beads, or tiny rubber animals, or anything else you can think of. Hot glue the lids on. OR Color water with food coloring, fill the bottle half full. Add oil, as clear as possible. Leave a little (1/2 ") air space. Shake and watch them separate, Or try Karo, oil, and colored water. As long as you glue gun the lids on you can add glitter or tiny items, even for babies.
These answers all great. I also wouldn't rule out glitter in water. Just make sure you got glue the bottles shut. I also do oil an colored water, pearl solution (used in shampoos and wave bottles), etc. You can get a lot of great science stuff at The pearl solution is there along with GREAT indestructible "test tubes"
For liquid ones I used baby oil, colored water, and whatever solid I could fit into the bottle. I liked the baby oil better, because it was clear. For solid ones I used all kinds of things from popcorn kernals to jingle bells to broken up styrofaom peanuts (nice quiet sushing sound). The more creative you are with them the more the children will enjoy them!

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