Glowing Sensory Bottle: A Super Magical Glow-in-the Dark Bottle!

Inside: A super magical glowing sensory bottle that toddlers, preschoolers and even bigger kids will adore.

How to make a glow in the dark sensory bottle

We are HUGE fans of sensory play. My girls both adore playing with both sensory bins and sensory bottles, and have since they were toddlers.

We have made so many different types of sensory bottles over the years – including our super popular slow motion calm down bottle, our Frozen inspired winter sensory bottle and our…wait for it… scented sensory bottle that actually smells! They are all such fun bottles to explore, really pushing the boundaries of sensory bottle science to expand upon the discovery opportunities for young children.

Today we are sharing yet another awesome new sensory bottle that again pushes the boundaries. And this one could just possibly be the best yet! I mean, what’s not to love about a sensory bottle that glows!

The best part of all – you need just two simple, easy to find sensory materials to make this glowing sensory bottle work – water beads and glow sticks!

glowing sensory bottle tutorial

Like all sensory play, sensory bottles offer such a wonderful way to promote a sense of wonder and inquiry as children use their senses to explore and discover.

magical glowing sensory bottle tutorial

And this in particular is a great visual bottle to explore – not only just the completed bottle but the process of making it too. Have your child observe and describe what happens to the water beads as they expand inside the bottle. Once the beads are fully expanded, invite your child to count how many different colors can be seen.

glow in the dark sensory bottle tutorial

And, once you go dark, ask your child to describe how the light interacts with the water beads. And to compare and describe what happens to this bottle in the light versus the dark.

You can also ask your child to describe the feel of the bottle (heavy, light, etc). The bottle is quite heavy so have your child shake it or carry it around to sneak some heavy work in.

how to make a glowing magical bottle

How to Make a Super Magical Glowing Sensory Bottle

You will need:

Directions for Making a Glow-in-the-Dark Sensory Bottle:

1. Fill the plastic bottle 3/4 full with water.

Glow in the dark sensory bottle

2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water beads.

How to make a glow in the dark sensory bottle

3. Fully snap glow sticks so they are glowing and add them to the bottle.

glowing sensory bottle tutorial

4. Add the lid (but don’t glue into place just yet) and allow the water beads to expand.

sensory bottle tutorial

5. If you would like to super glue the lid on the bottle, wait until the beads are fully expanded. Then open the bottle above a garbage bin just in case a few beads bounce out. Apply glue and screw the lid back on. The benefit of not gluing on the lid is the ability to replace the glow sticks over time.

Or, as an alternative, wrapping a good length of wide, clear packaging tape can help to keep the lid secure and safe from curious little fingers.

How to make a glowing sensory bottle

Once your glowing sensory bottle is ready to go, you can have fun exploring it together both in the light…

magical glowing sensory bottle

…and the dark!

glow in the dark sensory bottle

For more super sensory bottle fun, check out these cool ideas;

How to make a rainbow sensory bottle
Dinosaur sensory bottle
Easter bunny sensory bottle idea