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DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle and Calm Down Bottle

This DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle is so easy to make and has so many benefits to it.

If you’re unfamiliar with sensory bottles, they are used for sensory play and can also help stimulate, calm, and entertain children. It’s especially useful for children with Autism or other learning disabilities.

DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle

Using these sensory bottles in our homeschool has been extremely helpful and it helps my son calm his nerves. It’s a great tool that we use to calm him down when he’s getting frustrated.

He refers to it as his calm down bottle and when he starts to get worked up, he will grab the bottle and take a few minutes to himself. Once he gets his frustration level down, he’ll come back to the table and we try again.

DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle

What you need to create this glitter sensory bottle:

  • 1 (16 ounces) sensory bottle (you can find these at Michaels or here)
  • 2-3 (6 ounces) bottles of clear Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of glitter or confetti (any colors you choose)
  • Toys (if desired)

For this particular sensory bottle, we used these fish bowl beads and some Thanksgiving confetti. You can use any confetti you want, it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving!

Step 1: Empty one bottle of clear glue into the sensory bottle.

Step 2: Fill the empty glue bottle about half full with warm water. Make sure the lid is on tight and shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into jar with glue and shake or stir to combine.

Step 3: Add the glitter, confetti, and any toys you want to include to the glue mixture.

Step 4: Seal the jar and shake well.

At this point, if when you shake the jar, the glitter or confetti doesn’t easily move, add a bit more warm water until it does. If the solution moves too quickly, add more glue. You can do this until you get the desired effect you want.

Step 5: Once you get the items inside moving as fast or slow as you’d like, you can seal the bottle and glue the lid closed to avoid spills.

To get even more creative, you can use colorful duct tape to cover the lid!

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DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle


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