Does your child LOVE dinosaurs? Then this dinosaur sensory bottle will be a big hit! Why? Because not only do miniature dinosaurs hide within but it also glows in the dark!
We have made so many different types of sensory bottles over the years – everything from our super popular, slow motion calm down bottle to our scented sensory bottle that you can actually smell as you play. We’ve shared rainbow sensory bottles, a Frozen inspired winter sensory bottle, and even the sea in a bottle!
They are all fun to explore and, like all sensory play, provide young children with fabulous opportunities to wonder as they playfully discover learning concepts such as cause and effect – the combination of action and reaction.
But my all-time favourite use of a sensory bottle is as a calm down tool. A sensory bottle can offer a child a wonderful distraction or valuable place to focus their attention whilst they calm down from an overwhelming emotional experience.
If you haven’t explored sensory bottles yet, then this Sensory Bottles collection of ideas is a great place to start.
How to Make a Dinosaur Sensory Bottle
You will need:
- Plastic water bottle
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons water beads
- 1/2 cup water
- Blue and green sequins
- Blue and green glitter
- Mini plastic dinosaur toys
- Bracelet sized glow sticks
- Bottle of baby oil
- Super glue or clear packing tape
To make your dinosaur sensory bottle:
1. Add 1 ½ Tbsp of water beads to the plastic bottle. Pour ½ cup of water over the beads. Let sit for 1-2 hours and then drain any excess water out of the bottle.
2. Add sequins to the bottle. Re-fix the lid and shake the bottle lightly to mix.
3. Add glitter and again, shake to mix.
4. Add your choice of mini toy dinosaurs to the bottle. Shake.
5. Activate four glow sticks applying pressure along the length of the stick until it is completely glowing. Add the sticks to the bottle.
6. Fill the bottle with the baby oil until almost full, and then screw the cap tightly onto the bottle.
7. Due to this sensory bottle containing baby oil, I strongly suggest you secure the lid with super glue. Alternatively, wrapping a length of wide, clear packaging tape tightly around the lid and the top of the bottle can help to keep the bottle secure from curious little fingers.
If you prefer not to glue the lid in place so that the glow sticks can be replaced over time, stick to plain water without baby oil, just like we did for our Glowing Sensory Bottle.
Once your dinosaur sensory bottle is ready to go, you can have fun exploring it together both in the light…
and the dark.
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