I am so in love with this Deconstructed Christmas Tree Sensory Bottle! It’s really simple and yet, it’s got this kind of whimsical quality to it that reminds me of something Dr. Seuss would have created. This is a great quiet activity for kids in amongst the hubbub of the holidays. Every year, I make several seasonal inspired sensory bottles for the kids like our Melted Snowman, Christmas Tree, and Nativity Sensory Bottles. They are small enough that kids can take it with them wherever they go.
Deconstructed Christmas Tree Sensory Bottle:
- empty plastic water bottle (I like the look of the Voss ones or sometimes you can find ones specific to sensory bottles at Michael’s)
- clear dish soap
- fuzzy green glitter pompoms
- mini Christmas lights
- mini Christmas ornaments
- red bead garland
- hot glue (optional)
- Fill the bottle about a quarter of the way with clear dish soap.
- Add the pompoms.
- Drop in the mini lights, ornaments, garland, and lastly, top it off with the Christmas star.
- If there is any space left in the bottle, fill to the top with water.
- Replace the lid. If you’re using this with younger kids, hot glue the lid in place to secure.
You can find the supplies to fill this at the Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby, or on Amazon. Of course as with any sensory activity, adult supervision should be used at all times even if the lid is secured in place.
This really does look like a deconstructed Christmas tree in a bottle. It has all the decorations that would be on a tree, right down to the star topper. It even seems to almost look like it’s lit up when you hold it up to the light. It’s so cool!
Sensory and Learning Opportunities for Kids:
If preschoolers are playing with this, you can have them practise colours and counting but asking questions such as, “how many red Christmas lights can you find?” or “Can you count how many silver ornaments there are?”
Exploring with this sensory bottle engages the visual, tactile, and proprioception sensory systems. Sensory play is an important part of learning and development.
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