Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sensory Bottles, Sparkle Bottles, Glow-in-the-Dark Bottles, and an Ocean in a Bottle

We love SENSORY BOTTLES at Our Beautifully Messy House and have been experimenting with them for years! There are so many things to do with sensory bottles and sparkle bottles...some people use them as "time-out bottles" to help calm down their toddlers when they're having a meltdown. We like to play with our SPARKLE BOTTLES outside in the summertime, pulling them around in wagons, burying them in dirt...and inside in the play areas of our house. (Okay, I admit...that's every room of our house!) We take SENSORY BOTTLES with us on long car rides for simple, quiet entertainment. The kids love to bounce them around in the bathtub as well! The GLOW IN THE DARK BOTTLE is great for helping kids wind down at night and drift off to sleep. So much fun and so many possibilities!!!


I find the best, smoothest and cheapest bottles to use (esp. if you don't drink soda regularly and have a collection already) are the soda water bottles. Just look in the water or beverage aisle of your grocery store, seeking out the cheapest option...usually only $2-$3 for a pack of 6. Instead of dumping the soda water down the drain, entertain your kids with the fun "Raisins + Soda Water Experiment" while you're mixing up the SENSORY BOTTLES. 


SPARKLE BOTTLES
Materials needed:
-empty plastic bottle
-Elmer's glitter glue
-glitter, sequins, and/or beads
-water
-superglue 



First, put a small pot of water on to boil. When you add the water to the bottle you will want it to be hot, but not boiling. I like to bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool. 

Meanwhile, add the Elmer's glitter glue to the empty bottle...enough to fill the bottom inch or so of the bottle. Next, add some glitter, sequins and/or beads. 


When the water is ready, carefully pour it into the bottle as well. I like to use a measuring cup or a funnel to make this step easier. Once the bottle is filled, use superglue to secure the lid. Now it's time to shake, shake, shake!!! Shake the bottle for a few minutes, until all the glue melts into the hot water. You shouldn't see any globs or streaks of glue once the bottle is complete. While the bottle is warm, the glitter and sequins will fall very quickly to the bottom. Once it cools down completely over the next hour or two, the glitter will fall much slower. So relaxing... I'd like to put myself in "time-out" with one of these bottles, wouldn't you?



GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BOTTLES
Materials needed:
-empty plastic bottle
-Elmer's glitter glue
-glitter paint
-glow-in-the-dark paint
-glitter, sequins, and/or beads
-glow-in-the-dark stars
-water
-superglue


First, put a small pot of water on to boil. When you add the water to the bottle you will want it to be hot, but not boiling. I like to bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool. 

Meanwhile, add the Elmer's glitter glue to the empty bottle...enough to fill the bottom inch or so of the bottle. Next, add a squirt of glitter paint and a squirt of glow-in-the-dark paint. Add some glitter, sequins and/or beads. 


When the water is ready, carefully pour it into the bottle as well. I like to use a measuring cup or a funnel to make this step easier. Once the bottle is filled, screw the lid on tightly, but don't superglue it yet. Now it's time to shake, shake, shake!!! Shake the bottle for a few minutes, until all the glue melts into the hot water. You shouldn't see any globs or streaks of glue once the bottle is complete. The bottle will be a milky color compared to the SPARKLE BOTTLES because of the glow-in-the-dark paints. Once the bottle is shaken and cooled a bit, add the glow-in-the-dark stars and superglue the lid in place. I guarantee your little one will be excited to go to bed tonight with a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BOTTLE in hand!!! 



OCEAN IN A BOTTLE
Materials needed:
-empty plastic bottle
-oil (vegetable oil or baby oil)
-water
-food coloring
-superglue


First, fill the bottle about 1/3 of the way full with water. Add a few drops of food coloring and screw the lid on tight. Shake the bottle a bit until the food coloring is evenly dispersed throughout the water. Next, fill the bottle the rest of the way with oil...using a funnel is best. Superglue the lid onto the bottle. Complete! 


Have fun swishing the bottle from side to side or shaking it all up, just to watch the bubbles of oil pop while the water settles at the bottom and the oil at the top. This is a great time to talk to your kids about the density of liquids as well! It may be a bit over their heads if they're really young, but you'll be surprised at what they will comprehend and remember! Basically, the water weighs more (has a higher density) thank the oil and will sink below it in the bottle, no matter how much you shake your OCEAN IN A BOTTLE and attempt to mix the two together. So cool!!!

1 comment:

  1. This looks fun. I am going to make myself one!

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