Sensory bottles, sometimes called discovery bottles can be used for a variety of purposes. My kids can’t seem to be able to get enough of them, so I make a new one every few weeks. I find it easier to create them when I choose a theme.
These sensory bottles are perfect for each month of the year. They are also a good starting point for giving you ideas to create your own themed sensory bottles. You can click on each link or picture below to find full instructions as well as find out what materials you’ll need.
I use Voss water bottles for mine because I like the look of them, but you can use any water bottle. Vary the look by using different shapes and sizes of water bottles.
One Year of Sensory Bottles:
January – This New Year’s Celebration bottle is perfect to kick off the year with!
February – Valentine’s Day is made for kids to enjoy as well with this sensory bottle.
March – St. Patrick’s Day of course! This calm down bottle is simple to create for the season.
April – This Spring sensory bottle is one of our favourites of all time. I especially like the slow, calm-down effect it has.
May – Your kids will enjoy this colourful Rainbow Rainfall Sensory Bottle.
June – My girls adored our princess themed bottle.
July – Your kids can take this sky bottle outside with them and compare it to the actual sky.
August – Find sea creatures in this Ocean sensory bottle.
September – In honour of back to school, this sensory bottle has a Space theme. It’s weighted, offering great sensory feedback.
October – The beautiful colours outdoors are mimicked in this Fall sensory bottle.
November – Our melted snowman sensory bottle was so much fun to make!
December – A Christmas I-Spy discovery bottle is just in time for the holidays.
If you suspect that your child or student has sensory processing issues or differences, read Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators. It will answer your questions and give you practical suggestions as well as sensory activity ideas for the home or classroom.
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If you’re looking for more ideas, my friend Angela has compiled a collection of 12 months of their sensory bottles including an adorable pencil-shaped one.