Sensory Bottle DIY Play Ideas

Looking for fun things to do with kids at home? I have two sensory bottle play ideas you can add to your list!

I love a good sensory bottle for my kids! They are so versatile and fun and are great at stimulating the senses. 

You can also add an educational twist to them for an epic learning experience. They are a great option for indoor activities for kids of all ages! 

Below are two fun and engaging sensory bottles I made for my girls recently that were a hit!

Looking for more sensory fun? Check out this list of over 100 sensory play ideas here or these fun sensory bottle ideas Ocean Sensory Bottle or Rainbow Dice Sensory Bottle!

How to Make Sensory Bottles

#1 I Spy Sensory Bottle for Kids

An alternative to glitter sensory bottles (which are awesome) are beads! Here’s how to create a sensory bottle with beads:

Add beads to the bottom of your sensory bottle. 

Then, add hair gel into your sensory bottle by using a funnel. 

Continue this process back and forth of beads and hair gel until you reach the top of the bottle. 

Once you reach the top, you’re ready for the final step. 

Use a hot glue gun to add extra security on the inside of your cap. 

Close the bottle with the cap. This will allow for the bottle to be closed tightly and securely. 

You’re all set! The bottle is ready to go. 

Sensory Bottles for Kids

I spy games for kids is always exciting and fun and calls for great indoor fun for kids. What I love most about making these is that each time they are completely different and always enjoyable for them. 

For this particular sensory bottle I wanted to create an i spy color game for my 3 year old and 6 year old’s needs. My preschooler called out the colors she saw in the bottle while my kindergartener counted one color for me (for instance, the color red) and practiced her counting in this way! 

This sensory bottle can also be created with baby oil mixed with water or with pom poms inside which are great activities for toddlers at home. What ways can you think of creating one? 


  • Sensory Bottle (we used recycled voss bottles)
  • Hair gel 
  • Beads (we used fusible beads)
  • Funnel for easy layering
  • Glue gun

#2 Glow in the Dark Water Bead Sensory Bottle

Glowing sensory bottles are great for bedtime, on a camping night or just for fun! Here’s how to make it: 

Insert long, thin glow sticks that have been activated into your bottle. 

Use a funnel to insert the water beads thereafter until it reaches the top. 

Use a hot glue gun to add extra security on your cap. 

Close the bottle with the cap tightly for extra security. 

You’re all set! The sensory bottle is ready to be played with. 

Sensory Activities for Toddlers 

For added educational fun, you can use one of each color in different bottles for learning about colors. Play a game of, “ How many water beads do you think are in there?” or just use these for great toddler sensory fun. 

My girls really enjoyed this sensory bottle. Their favorite part was that it was glow in the dark. 

They also liked the sound the water beads made as they shook their bottles. These sensory bottles work well for different ages. 


  • Sensory Bottles (we used recycled voss bottles)
  • Water beads
  • Glow sticks
  • Funnel for easy pouring
  • Glue gun

I hope you enjoyed these two sensory bottles for kids as much as my girls did! These two play ideas can be added to your list of fun things to do with kids at home. 

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Do you have any fun and engaging sensory bottle play ideas? What are your best tips?

Hi, I’m Tam. I am the mother of two beautiful and smart little girls. I love setting up hands-on, engaging and fun activities at home for my kids. Creating early learning printables is something I am also passionate about. Into free printables like I am? Check out 7 versatile fun learning games for early learners! For more fun play ideas and freebies, go to https://www.activelittles.com

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