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Sensory play

Easy kids craft: sensory play bottles

19 September 2023 | State Library of Queensland

Are you looking for an easy and engaging sensory play activity for your kids? Look no further! Let's create a mesmerising sensory play bottle that will help keep your kids entertained.


  • Empty plastic bottle with a secure lid (water bottle, soda bottle, etc.)
  • Clear glue
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Glitter, sequins or confetti (various colours and shapes)
  • Small plastic toys or beads (optional)
  • Super glue (optional)


1. Prepare the bottle:

Clean and dry the plastic bottle thoroughly. Then add some water into the bottle with clear glue (if you want to achieve a gel-consistency).

2. Add some colour:

This step is optional but adds a fun twist! If you want a colourful sensory bottle, add a few drops of food colouring. You can choose any colour you like or even make a rainbow effect by using different colours.

3. Glitter and sparkle:

Time to make your sensory bottle shine! Add a generous amount of glitter, sequins, or confetti into the bottle. You can mix various colours and shapes for a magical touch.

4. Add extra fun:

To make the sensory play even more exciting, consider adding small plastic toys or beads. They will float and dance with the glitter, creating an enchanting sensory experience.

5. Seal it tightly:

Securely close the lid of the bottle. For extra safety, you can use super glue inside the lid to seal it shut. This step is essential if you're using small toys to prevent choking hazards.

And you’re done! Now comes the best part! Hand the sensory play bottle to your little ones and watch their eyes light up with wonder. Encourage them to shake the bottle gently, tilt it, and observe the magical dance of colours and shapes inside.


Caution: supervise your child during playtime with the sensory bottle, especially if it contains small parts. Always ensure the bottle is securely sealed.


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