Sensory Bottles

The rainy Oregon weather has us doing all kinds of projects at home these days. Bat garlands. Leaf rubbings. Stained glass “windows.” That’s how you avoid cabin fever, my friends! After the Discovery Baskets I put together went over so well (I’ve continued to switch them up on a weekly basis), I wanted to try another Montessori type activity for our little guy. I’d seen some bottles like this on Pinterest and since I had to buy a six pack of water between our Culligan deliveries, I decided these FIJI bottles would be the perfect vessels for some food coloring fun. And would keep my plastic bottles from ending up in an ocean somewhere. Have you heard about how much plastic there is in the ocean!? Blech, terrible.

Anyway, as you can see, Emmett was pretty into them! This is not a tutorial, because these bottles are so darn simple it’s embarrassing. But I just had to share because they are so easy and pretty cool, too.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 Empty water bottles (I used the Fiji ones and removed the labels with a little Lemon Essential Oil)
  • 1-2 bottles of Baby Oil (depending on how many bottles you make)
  • Food Coloring (which I’m trying to use up before replacing with natural alternatives)
  • Water

Seriously. The easiest thing ever. I filled them up about halfway with the Baby Oil, dropped in 8-10 drops of food coloring, filled them the rest of the way with water and secured the caps. I then washed them thoroughly a couple times, as I knew they’d be going right into Emmett’s mouth and didn’t want any oil remains on there. If Emmett was capable of unscrewing the lids, I would have put some duct tape over them- and probably will in the future- but for now he’s not quite that dexterous yet.

Give these little guys a try! Cheap, easy and pretty fun. For grownups (and dogs) too! Ha!