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