Children love to explore sensory bottles. They can spin, shake and stare at the objects that they contain. I have come with 5 Ways kids can use sensory bottles to explore a variety of learning concepts and skills.
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Supplies for the Sensory Bottles
I started with La Looks Gel blue hair gel (I found it at Walmart for a really cheap price.), a VOSS Artesian water bottle, green and blue glass gems, and Safari Ltd Coral Reef TOOB Set. Then I dug a chopstick out of my junk drawer.
Constructing the Sensory Bottles
You will need to fill the bottle about 1/3 of the way up with gel . Then add a few gems and the coral figure. You can push them into place with the chopstick. You may want some gems on the side of the bottom and some in the center.
Next, you add more gel so that the bottle is filled up 2/3 of the way. You will add more of the coral reef objects and some more gems. You will push them into place with a chopstick just as you did the first layer of objects.
Finally, you will finish filling up the bottle. You will also place the final coral reef objects and gems into the bottle.
Ways to Explore Sensory Bottles
Children will be invited share what objects they see in the sensory bottle. If you want to take pictures of each of the objects and place them on a chart or make a written list, you certainly can. Children could then look for all the objects on your list or chart.
Tell Me a Story
You can invite your children to tell you a story about the objects in the bottle. They could tell the story from the perspective of the diver or one of the animals in the jar if they like. The fun thing about this activity is that the story will be different each time it is shared by your children.
It can be hard to see the objects in the center of the bottle unless the bottle is held up close. This activity with sensory bottles invites children to see what can’t be seen on the surface. You could give your children magnifying glasses to use for this activity.
Children can be invited to count the number of gems and coral reef objects they see. You could invite them to count only the objects at the top, center or bottom of the bottle. It would make it easier for young children to focus on the objects.
Children can be invited to add the number of creatures to the number of other coral reef objects. They could also subtract the number of blue gems from the number of green gems. (I added more green gems they blue.) You could also have them skip count them!
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