Celebrate Shark Week with this Shark Week Sensory Bottle. Kids are fascinated by sharks. They will enjoy the discovery using this sensory activity.
We have made several shark sensory play opportunities over the years including our shark sensory bag and edible shark slime.
What is Shark Week?
Shark Week has become so much more than TV shows on Discovery Channel. It originally began on July 17, 1988 and has grown increasingly in popularity since. It is designed to expand knowledge about sharks and therefore, lead to conservation efforts.
Shark Week is now celebrated through TV specials and activities. It has become so popular in fact that a hospital in Cincinnati began dressing its newborns in Baby Shark onesies in honour of Shark Week!
There are worksheets, crafts, themed camps, parties, recipes, and sensory activities. It seems that many countries have embraced the opportunity to learn about this animal. We decided to get in on this ourselves with this sensory bottle.
When is Shark Week?
Shark Week generally starts on a Sunday and takes place at the end of July or beginning of August. This year, it begins on July 28, 2019.
Shark Week Sensory Bottle:
- empty water bottle (I like the look of Voss bottles, but you can also purchase these empty sensory bottles)
- clear dish soap (I prefer Dawn or LemiShine because they are very thick)
- shark figurines (these ones are from Dollar Tree and are stretchy)
- green and yellow glitter
- yellow sequins
- green and teal small elastics (use those leftover rainbow loom ones!)
- optional: super glue to seal the bottle cap
- Pour clear dish soap into the container until it’s about 2/3 full.
- Add beads, sequins, glitter, mini elastic bands, and shark figurines.
- Fill the remaining space with water.
- If you’re going to be using this sensory bottle with small children, I suggest that you secure the lid by using Super Glue and allowing it to dry before allowing a child to play with it.
Small parts are contained in this bottle, so even if you secure the lid with glue, use adult supervision at all times.
Sensory and Learning Opportunities:
This sensory bottle is a great way for kids to become interested in learning more about sharks. They can watch the sharks “swim” and observe the different characteristics that they have.
Set out books about sharks for kids to further their interest. This will enable them to learn and ask questions.
Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the DeepThe Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)How to Draw Incredible Sharks and Other Ocean Giants
This would correspond well with a shark or ocean themed unit in your classroom or homeschool.
Visual sensory input occurs while your child uses their eyes to explore what is in the bottle and the way that it moves. They also engage their tactile sensory system in holding the bottle, shaking it, and tipping it upside down.
Check out these other shark sensory activities!