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Continuing with our St. Patrick’s day theme for School with Squeaker, today we’re turning our sights to sensory play. While I’m waiting for the rest of our supplies to get here for the sensory bin, today I’d like to share our simple St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottles. Though Squeaker didn’t really show much interest in sensory bottles in the past, she did seem to enjoy these.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottles

Two Simple St. Patrick's Day Sensory Bottles

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First, I gathered my supplies together:

– Empty (and washed) mouthwash bottles. I like these because of the caps. Until she can squeeze that, she can’t spill the contents.

Food coloring (I used green and yellow)


Neon pony beads (though you can use regular ones as well, they just happened to be the first ones I grabbed)

two simple st. patrick's day sensory bottles

First, I filled each bottle with cold tap water. I filled them to just half full because I didn’t want them to be too heavy, but I wanted enough liquid to get the items going.

In the green bottle, I put gold glitter and in the yellow bottle I put the pony beads. I’m honestly not sure what my thought process was. Green, for St. Patrick’s Day and yellow because it was the closest I could get to gold. It was either that or try for an orange to have two of the colors of the Irish flag. I used the multicolored pony beads for a rainbow effect.

st. patrick's day sensory bottles 3

Since Squeaker wasn’t too receptive to sensory bottles before, I wasn’t sure how she would handle these. They’re a little more user friendly because she can pick them up easily and shake them. She enjoyed that just as much as watching the beads floating.

Overall, I think she did enjoy playing with the sensory bottles but we’re also getting to a point where I want to have more variety with what we use. For her next set, I might try cooking oil or rice and see how she does. Either way, she seems to be having fun with sensory bottles and we’ll keep doing them for her free play time.

Do you use sensory bottles? If so, what do you typically fill them with?

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9 years ago

Those look really easy to make (like that!) I made some for calming down after a meltdown- but they were full of glue and water and glitter. Unfortunately after all the work to make them and get the glue/water ratio just right, my boy had zero interest. Always looking for calm-down activities.