We're big fans of Halloween in our house, and I like to give little gifts to friends and family to celebrate. Typically treats are always a hit, but this year, Grace has three cousins under the age of one! I wanted to do a little something for them as well that was affordable and would be fun for them. We decided to make sensory bottles.
This was my first time making sensory bottles, so we had a few test runs before all was said and done. Below are the steps that finally worked for me!
Gatorade bottle (I picked Gatorade because of their large mouths and orange caps)
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Eye ball bouncy balls
Small rubber spiky calls
Step 1: Fill the bottle half way up with corn syrup. My research uncovered that this helps slow down the fall of the items in the bottle.
Step 2: Fill with your bottle fillers - glitter, balls, etc. I used glitter and some items from the dollar section at Target. You can see the full list of what I used in the list above. I did buy some spider rings and cut off the ring backs before putting them in.
Step 3: Fill the bottle with room temperature tap water until the bottle is complete full. Some things I read suggested using filtered water, but I got mine straight from the tap and it worked just fine.
Step 4: Put in the food coloring. I used three red drops with one yellow drop.
Step 5: Put the cap on and shake the bottle until the corn syrup and water is completely combined.
Step 6: Remove the cap and put a ring of Gorilla Glue around the very top of the bottle and screw the cap back on. The daycare Grace goes to makes sensory bottles a lot and when I asked her teachers, they said they always use Gorilla Glue to seal them shut and have to have it fail them.