The benefits of sensory bottles

The benefits of sensory bottles

It can be hard for kids to decompress or calm-down for bedtime.   We have a collection of useful tips and ideas on our blog that are perfect for kids growing out of afternoon naps, but who still need some “down time” activities.

Bedtime is not the time for play, for toys, or for your child to be knocking on the door every few minutes for a drink.

We needed something that would help calm our active and not-yet reading children as they drifted off, So here are a few ideas we came up with to help your little ones drift off into a better nights sleep.


  • Durable plastic bottle
  • Hair Gel – nearly full bottle.
  • Glitter Glue – a squirt.
  • Glow in the dark paint – a squirt.
  • Super Glue
  • Glow-in-the-dark mini stars.

Squirt the glitter glue in the bottom, and add a small amount of glow in the dark paint.  The glitter glue will add some sparkle and the paint will add just a hint of glow to the whole bottle.  The gel is great for resistance – so the stars don’t immediately fall to the bottom of the bottle, and the little air bubbles inside the gel simulate all the little stars in the galaxy.  We added a couple of tablespoons of water as our gel was a little too thick.  I wanted the stars to fall, with a little resistance.  thick hair gel will keep the stars floating.

Super glue the lid onto the bottle.  VERY important!    We recommend using a thick plastic bottle.  The kind that does not give when you try to squeeze it.  If you are going to leave your child alone with the bottle, be sure it is secure.

Now you’re finished!



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