Recently, we discovered a new way to bring excitement to our sensory bottles by making mini ones in little play test tubes. This Zoo Mini Sensory Bottle is so cute.
Zoo Mini Sensory Bottle:
- mini bottle (we used plastic test tube treat containers like these)
- clear dish soap
- mini zoo animals
- tiny white beads
- brown, black, and green mini elastics (like the Rainbow Loom kind)
- optional: hot glue
- Pour clear dish soap into a mini bottle until it’s about half full.
- Drop in the tiny animals.
- Add in sequins and glitter.
- If there’s any room left in the bottle, fill the the top with water.
- Replace the lid. If using with small children, you can secure the lid with hot glue.
With any other sensory play activity including this one, adult supervision is recommended. Even with the lid glued in place, it can be opened by determined kids or when the glue gets old. The bottle contains small parts that could be a choking hazard for kids.
This mini sensory bottle allows kids to bring it with them anywhere. It can be tucked into the seatback pocket of the vehicle, put in your child’s backpack, kept on their bedside table, or included in their calm down kit.
This adorable mini calm down bottle engages both the visual and tactile sensory systems. Because the glitter and sequins stay suspended in the dish soap and fall slowly as it is turned, it also produces a calming effect. Kids can watch the items fall slowly as they work on regulating their breathing.
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Check out our other mini sensory bottles for kids:
Baseball Mini Sensory Bottle