a close up of the items you can put in Sensory calm down bottles

Sensory calm down bottles that your toddler can make!

things you need for starting to put our Sensory calm down bottles

If you have children under the age of 5, you need to make these sensory calm down bottles! We gathered things from around the house, I recycled two glass bottles and purchased only two additional items to make them. My toddlers assembled the bottles and all I did was seal them, so this is a fantastic activity to do with children at home especially when the weather isn’t great.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Children to help you assemble it all
  • Glass jars – if you have younger children (mine are 3 and 4.5 years old) you might want to use plastic instead. My jars are recycled coffee jars.
  • Baby oil – this is optional, but if you want this to be a ‘calm down’ jar, i.e. – they sit and watch items settle and separate, then you’ll want to have the oil.
  • Water
  • Items to put in the jar – we used mini dinosaurs, loom bands, pipe cleaners cut into quarters, pom poms and some water beads

Putting them together

Round up your troops and lay out all the items you’re using

starting to put our Sensory calm down bottles together


Starting with the oil first (if you’re using it), fill your jar about 1/4 of the way with oil. Remember that you’ll need to leave a bit of a gap at the top of the jar so you’re not filling it up all the way.

my toddler putting some oil into the a close up of the items you can put in Sensory calm down bottles

Then, let your children add whatever they’d like! The larger the jar, the more they can add but remind them that if they fill their sensory calm down bottles too full, they won’t be able to see everything move about clearly.

Now it’s time to add your water! Just fill the jar with water, making sure that you leave a little space at the top for items to move about. Maybe even give your children a little lesson about volume and immiscible liquids?

adding some water to the sensory calm down bottles

And there you have it! Your sensory calm down bottles are ready to go. I tightened the lids really well and then stuck labels on the top with their initials so there will be no confusion about which one belongs to whom.

All that’s left to do now is to use a glue gun or even printed duct tape to seal the jars to protect yourself from inquisitive fingers that will open them up and cause chaos!

Here are some really great resources that I took inspiration from when making these – I hope they help you create some wonderful jars of your own!

How to make a perfect sensory bottle

Whats Up Moms Sensory Bottles

Do you have one of these for your toddlers? What items are in your bottles?

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  • Reply
    Aysha paysha
    April 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I hope to try this out soon in shaa Allah. Thanks for the inspo! X

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    Jamila Jones
    April 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Interesting, now I know how they make those snow globes. Simple, safe, easy and quick to make. Thanks for putting the link to the video so I can see them in action.

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    Ummu Kulthum
    April 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful thing to practice with my child thank you for The craft.

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    April 4, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I am looking out for arts and crafts to keep my lil one busy these summer holidays…thank you for sharing this colourful sensory DIY…will bookmark this to play with lil one soon….

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    April 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    This looks like a really creative way to keep the kiddos engaged in a quiet activity. MashaAllah.

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    Yousra Naeem
    April 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I love water Beads. This activity really looks so good & stress relieving actually. Can’t wait to do this. Thanks for sharing ❤

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    Christal Joan
    April 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

    My little boy is only 2 (just about) but I think he’d love these! Insha Allah I’ll have to get some of those water beads and some little cars etc to go in ours. Jazakillahu khayrun for sharing sis

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    April 7, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Masha’Allah, what a thoughtful activity. My five year old finds our kaleidoscope enormously calming but I have never thought to intentionally facilitate its use for its immediate soothing effects. Alhamdulillah for creativity, thought-provocation, and reminders between parents. And thanks for your clear, calming photographs for parents to enjoy too. 🙂

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    April 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This is cute mA! We did something similar with making our own sensory bottles – sea theme! Enjoyed by the kids for ages! Great tip for sealing with glue gun – we didn’t have that so used Duct Tape and worked just as well!

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    April 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, those jars look very cute… <3 I'll try this with my nephew… 🙂


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    Zainab Dokrat
    April 28, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I love posts like this, thank you for sharing! I’m not a mum but studying child psychology and working with children, knowing a lot of these helps a lot as reference for the future. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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