Create an opportunity for kids to explore through play with this I Spy Forest Babies sensory bottle. It’s easy and inexpensive to make and can be used at home or in the classroom.
Kids will use their tactile, visual, and proprioceptive sensory systems. They can also practise counting skills, memory, visual recognition skills, and communication.
I Spy Forest Animals Sensory Bottle:
- 16.9 oz. bottle (you can use a sensory bottle or Voss type water bottle)
- white rice
- forest babies buttons
- optional: hot glue
- Using a funnel, add a small amount of rice to the bottom of the bottle.
- Place a forest baby animal button inside the bottle.
- Repeat the above steps until all the animals are placed inside the bottle. By layering the rice and animals, they won’t all be in the same place. We included two foxes, a porcupine/hedgehog (hard to tell what it is!), squirrel, owl, and skunk.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with rice, but leave some space for the rice to move around. You can empty out rice if you feel the rice doesn’t move enough to allow the animals to be seen.
- Replace the lid on the bottle.
- If you want to secure the bottle, you can secure the lid with a hot glue gun.
- Give the sensory bottle to a child to explore.
Kids can move and shake the rice around to find all of the forest babies in the bottle. You can also give them a cheat sheet so they know what they are looking for.
Ways to expand this activity:
- Have kids draw the animals as they find them.
- Set out books on forest animals.
- Watch a movie like Bambi about animals in the forest.
As with all sensory play activities, adult supervision should be used at all times. Even if you have secured the lid with glue, it is still possible to get it open and the bottle contains small parts which are choking hazards.
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