Is it weird to call a sensory bottle “beautiful”?! Because I really think this one is. The soft colours combined with the calming falling snow make this Nativity Sensory Bottle Snow Globe so pretty.
Sometimes parents can assume that the holidays are a time when kids don’t need as much sensory input because there are so many other things going on, but the opposite is actually true. With the change in routine and all the hubbub, children actually need more regular and varied sensory play to help them manage emotions and mitigate stress. We also use our Christmas Calm Down Kit for this purpose.
I love this Nativity Sensory Bottle as a holiday activity. It highlights the reason for the season. It also creates kind of a snow globe effect because of the snowflakes and glitter. And watching that fall helps kids (or adults) to regulate their breathing and feel more calm.
Nativity Sensory Bottle Snow Globe:
- plastic empty water bottle (I prefer the Voss brand because I like the look or sometimes Michael’s carries plastic bottles for just this)
- clear dish soap
- white or opalescent glitter
- small snowflake buttons
- nativity buttons
- We Three Kings buttons
- The Good Shepherd buttons
- super glue (optional)
- Fill a plastic bottle about halfway with clear dish soap.
- Drop in some glitter.
- Add some of the snowflake buttons.
- Drop in all the people (buttons) that belong in the nativity scene.
- Fill the remaining space with water and screw on the lid.
- I suggest that you super glue the lid in place to prevent kids from opening the bottle.
Even if the lid is glued in place, determined kids can get it off and this contains small parts, so adult supervision is required when kids are playing with this.
This sensory activity engages both the tactile, visual, and proprioceptive sensory systems. Sensory play is important for development, regulating emotions and behaviour, language development, and so much more.You can also play a game where as you tell or read the Christmas story, your child can find each character in the story as they are talked about. This is a great way to increase their interest and attention to the story. It allows them to participate and engage.
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