Discovery/sensory bottles are all over Pinterest. I made some after seeing this post and this one. They are pretty easy to make and Peanut seems to enjoy them. I’ve made some with beads, some with glitter and some with pipe cleaners.
In case you happen to have some plastic bottles and are looking for a project to do, I’d like to share some things that I’ve learned when making these:
- Use a small bottle. I’ve made mine with single serving sized Coke Zero bottles. A full size bottle would just be too heavy for Peanut to really play with.
- Use different items in each bottle. This adds some interest to the bottle since the items will fall/move at different rates.
- Avoid pipe cleaners. I found that they started to rust (or something) and turned the water a murky green color. Gross.
- Avoid glitter in bright colors. I made one with purple glitter and all of the purple bled into the water. You could barely see the glitter falling because the water was so dark.
- Once the water is close to the top, add the rest of the water very, very, very slowly. Several times, I had to search for beads in the kitchen sink because the water would spill out over the top taking along the beads.
- Have fun with them! Encourage your little one to play with the bottles however they want to. Peanut likes to roll the bottles, shake them, and pretend that she’s drinking a Coke Zero. (Monkey see. Monkey do.)
I found a large bag of Christmas beads in the $1 section of a craft store and made these. The different beads fall at different rates. Peanut likes them a lot.