This is our second sensory bottle post! Sophie and I have really gotten into sensory activities lately. It all started when I picked the date to officially begin potty training. With the method we were using, I knew we’d have to stay home for potentially days on end, so I wanted to have fun new activities and projects to do with my daughter!
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We started out by making a “Frozen” movie themed sensory bottle, which was a big hit! (Sophie loooves that movie and therefore all things “Frozen.”) Our next sensory bottle project followed a St. Patrick’s Day theme, and I’m excited to be sharing it with you today!
This St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottle would be a great one to make with your littles, either before or on March 17th! While we aren’t a predominantly Irish family over here, I did a DNA test a while back that did show some British/Irish genes. 🙂 Which I was totally excited about, because I have been obsessed with Riverdance since I was very little! I’ve taken Sophie to a couple Irish music classes, and they have been such a blast for both of us! Anyway, regardless of if you’re Irish or not, this craft is a fun DIY you can do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family or friends! 🙂
This sensory bottle incorporates the whole green color scheme that accompanies the holiday, complete with sparkles, glitter, and some fun green shamrock sequins! (This is great practice with measuring and pouring. While it can get messy since you’re working with glitter, I’ve found that it’s pretty manageable with tight supervision, and a little mess is often worth the squeals of delight!)
DIY St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle
What You Need:
- A 12-oz. plastic juice bottle (this is the exact kind I bought – I purchased a set of them because I knew I’d be making more sensory bottles)
- Clear Elmer’s glue (be sure to get clear – I almost accidentally ordered white at first!)
- Super glue
- Glitter – green but also a little gold thrown in. (Specifically, we used a fine white iridescent glitter, a fine green glitter, a chunkier gold glitter, and a chunkier green glitter.)
- Shamrock sequins (these are the ones I bought – and they really add the special St. Patrick’s Day touch)
- Penny/pennies (these make for a fun St. Patrick’s day “pot of gold” feeling in the sensory bottle! I used 3 pennies.)
What to Do:
First, add 1 cup of water to the bottle.
Next, add 1 tsp. shamrock sequins. (I initially did 1/2 tsp. but then Sophie wanted to add another 1/2 tsp., which ended up looking great!)
Then add 1/8 tsp. each of glitter. (We did a fine white glitter, a fine green, a chunkier green glitter, and a chunkier gold glitter – and it’s nice to mix glitter varieties that are both fine and chunkier.)
Add the pennies next!
Fill the rest of the bottle up to the top with the clear Elmer’s glue.
Before putting the bottle cap back on, line the inside of the cap and the outside top edge of the bottle with super glue. Then screw the cap back on tightly. The super glue will help prevent your toddler from opening up a bottle full of glue and glitter water inside your house. 🙂
That’s it! Now tilt the bottle back and forth to watch the fun St. Patrick’s Day colors swirl around inside! You and your child will love it!
These sensory bottles sure are mesmerizing to watch! I can totally see why some educators create “Calm Down” bottles – there’s something so peaceful about watching the glitter swirl around slowly and finally settle again.
If you end up making this craft, please tag me on Instagram (@hannahbeeolson). I’d absolutely love to see your creations!
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PS – Below is a little sneak peek! We’ve made 3 different sensory bottles thus far. If you’re excited about the other bottle you see here, be sure to follow along with us so you’ll know when I post about it!