I love the idea of sensory bottles. Some people have referred to them as “time-out bottles”, or “calm-down jars”, but whatever the name they accomplish the same thing. They’re an excellent way to help amuse kids on long trips, or in waiting rooms quietly.
This Winter Sensory Bottle works well to have a winter themed, snowy craft you can make yourself to entertain your kids with. On top of it being good for keeping kids calm, it can also help to calm them when they’re overstimulated. I’ve seen people use these as sort of a timer for kids in time out. They have the kids sit in a quiet place, and then the parent shakes up the bottle. The kids can watch it, and as soon as every piece of glitter or confetti has settled to the bottom of the bottle, the child can get up from time-out.
1 plastic water bottle with a screw-on lid
Glitter (we used white, silver, and blue)
Snowflake confetti (plastic)
Blue food dye
Remove the label from your water bottle. Add in the glitter to the bottom of the bottle before adding the water. We used blue, silver, and white glittler. The white glitter was a fine glitter, and the blue and silver glitter was a little larger. The amount of glitter is totally up to you. I added about a teaspoon of each color.
Next you can add in the snowflake confetti. We used large plastic confetti, but you could use any snowflake confetti you find as long as it’s not made from paper. Add a single drop of blue food coloring to the bottle. Then fill up the bottle with water. Leave a tiny bit of space at the top so you have enough room to shake the bottle.
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