St Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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A St Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle is an easy and fun DIY project resulting in a colorful object that encourages sensory play, education and development.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

What is a sensory bottle?

A sensory bottle is a bottle filled with materials that is designed to encourage play that stimulates the senses, promotes education and development, and works as a calming technique. While sensory bottles can be used by anyone, they are frequently especially helpful for children with sensory processing disorder.

What are the features of sensory bottles?

  • Sensory bottles are generally easy to hold comfortably.
  • Sensory bottles do not require batteries or electricity.
  • Sensory bottles can be portable.
  • Sensory bottles are quiet, as the liquid makes no sound.
  • Sensory bottles can be customized to suit your preferences or tastes.

What are the benefits of sensory bottles?

  • Sensory bottles can help children relax, when they are fascinated with the movement within the bottle.
  • Making sensory bottles can help with fine motor skills through the assembly of the bottle and movement and manipulation of the materials.
  • Making sensory bottles can help with science skills as children learn to differentiate and classify, sort, observe and predict.
  • Making sensory bottles can help with math skills due to measuring and estimating needed to make them, as well as matching shapes and recognition.
  • Making sensory bottles helps children learn how to follow instructions.
  • Making and playing with sensory bottles can help with language skills through description and question and answer.

What are water beads?

Many sensory bottles contain water beads. Water beads are colorful, squishy beads made with a water absorbing material that lets the beads greatly increase their size when they’re immersed in water. These colorful beads are part of what makes sensory bottles so interesting. Beads can help children practice counting skills, as well as help them learn to classify and sort by differentiating size and color.

Sensory bottles can be purchased but are also easy and inexpensive to make yourself, with a bottle that can seal and a mixture of liquids and solids including water beads. If you choose items that are all related in some way, you can make a themed sensory bottle. Here’s how to make a simple St Patrick’s Day sensory bottle.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Supplies Needed

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Instructions for Making a St Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Pour the water beads into a bowl.

Add 1 cup of water to the bowl.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Set the bowl aside and allow the water beads to reach full size. Add more water if necessary.

Drain the water beads with a strainer. 

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Scoop a few water beads into the bottle.

Add some beads and coins. 

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Add more water beads.

You’ll want to fill the bottle about ¾ full with items. 

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Pour more water into the bottle until the bottle is full.

Close and secure the lid well with tape or glue.

Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Common Questions

Can I change the speed of the movement in the bottle?

Yes! Adding some clear glue to the water while it’s warm should slow the movement of the items in the bottle.

Yield: 1 sensory bottle

How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

Materials

  • 16 oz sensory bottle
  • 1 tsp green water beads
  • green beads
  • plastic gold coins
  • water
  • tape or glue (optional)
  • strainer

Instructions

Pour the water beads into a bowl.

Add 1 cup of water to the bowl.

Set the bowl aside and allow the water beads to reach full size. Add more water if necessary.

Drain the water beads with a strainer. 

Scoop a few water beads into the bottle.

Add some beads and coins. 

Add more water beads.

You'll want to fill the bottle about ¾ full with items. 

Pour more water into the bottle until the bottle is full.

Close and secure the lid well with tape or glue.

Enjoy!

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1 comment

Betty Hagewood March 2, 2021 - 10:31 pm

i never herd of a sensory bottle. I would to make one somday,got to get stuff o make t ok . Thanks for sharing,i also signed up for your news letter k

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