This bugs sensory bottle is almost too beautiful to play with! The colours are very inviting. Kids are generally fascinated with insects. This is a great vehicle for that.
Bugs Sensory Bottle:
- Voss style empty water bottle
- clear dish soap*
- small plastic bugs
- spider ring
- yellow and green glitter
- various types of yellow, white, and blue beads
- green mini rubber bands
- super glue
- magnifying glass
*any dish soap will do, but I like the thickness of Dawn
- Pour clear dish soap into the bottle until it’s about 2/3 of the way full.
- Add in the plastic bugs and the spider ring.
- Sprinkle the beads in.
- Next, drop the small rubber bands in. This is a great way to make use of all those leftover rainbow loom elastics that are floating around your house!
- Pour the glitter into the bottle.
- Fill any remaining space with water.
- Super glue the lid in place and allow to dry before handing it over to your child to play with.
- Set out a magnifying glass so that kids can explore all the different insects in the bottle.
This sensory bottle contains small parts. Even though the lid is glued in place, kids are determined little creatures and they may be able to find a way to get it open. As with all sensory activities, adult supervision is required at all times.
Learning and sensory benefits:
Unit study – This discovery bottle can be used in a bug/insect unit study. Students can jot down their observations of the different bugs such as number of legs, antennae, and other visual characteristics.
Sensory – This activity provides visual and proprioceptive sensory input. The use of the magnifying glass adds more of a visual element. The complimentary colours are pleasant to look at and will encourage kids to explore what they can find. Math – Your child can count how many of a certain coloured bead there are or how many bugs are in the bottle. They can also guess if there are more green beads or blue beads etc.
Science – You can set out books about bugs to encourage children to do their own research and learning.
Communication – Vocabulary and communication skills are encouraged by kids asking questions and talking about their observations. They can talk about how quickly the glitter falls, what they feel and see, what types of bugs are included, what colours they observe, and any other things they notice.
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