It’s easy to create a Thanksgiving sensory bottle for your child. You’ll capture the holiday as well as the fall season all in one bottle. I love the colours at this time of year. I think that’s one of the reasons that I find this bottle so pretty.
A sensory bottle can help kids self-regulate. The calm down type are particularly effective and this is one of those. Kids can watch the glitter and confetti slowly drop and as they focus on that, their breathing begins to regulate. It’s like magic!
Thanksgiving Sensory Bottle:
- plastic bottle or empty plastic water bottle
- 5 oz. bottle of Elmer’s clear school Glue
- warm water
- approximately 1 Tbsp. glitter and Thanksgiving confetti
- optional: glass beads in clear, yellow, or orange
- optional: hot glue
- Empty the bottle of glue into bottle.
- Fill the empty glue bottle about half full with warm water and reseal with the lid. Shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into the bottle with glue and shake to combine.
- Add the glitter and Thanksgiving confetti into the glue mixture.
- Drop in a few glass beads if you want.
- Seal the jar and shake well. If the glitter or confetti do not move easily, add more warm water. If the glitter and confetti moves too quickly, add additional glue. You’ll achieve more of a calm down bottle effect if there is more glue.
- When the contents of the bottle move according to your preference, seal the bottle.
- Hot glue the lid closed to avoid spills.
As with all sensory activities, adult supervision should be used at all times.
I like to add the glass beads myself. I like the way they create an auditory component. Because they are heavier, they drop to the bottom right away and create a “plunk” sound. This activity provides visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory input and if using the glass beads, auditory sensory input as well.
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