Dollar Store Sensory Bottles

Today I thought I would make sensory bottles, considering my sensory bag leaked (probably because I got 99 cent ziplocks from the dollar store). So I ventured to Dollarama, the Canadian version of Dollartree. There I spent a total of $16.25. Here is the list of things I bought;

  • Set of 4 plastic bottles x2 ($6)
  • Small multicoloured building blocks ($2.50)
  • Decorative gems ($2)
  • Glitter glue x2 ($2.50)
  • Purple sparkly gravel ($2)
  • Multicoloured sand ($1.25)


I had leftover water beads from a previous project so I decided to throw those in there.


This is what I came up with. From left to right;

  1. Water beads in the plastic bottle (creative, I know)
  2. Decorative gems, they make a cool nice and are very shiny
  3. Glitter glue in water. This one was cool, the glitter glue sticks in little bits that float around.
  4. Decorative sand, now this one was disappointing. I thought there would be a lot more sand in that kit. But it still looks pretty and makes a nice sound
  5. Purple sparkly gravel, this one sounds like rain and is very nice to look at
  6. Multicoloured toy blocks. These ones are really neat to look at. They also make a noise thats different from the others
  7. Another bottle of water beads.

This whole project took me under 10 minutes to make. If I include the trip to the dollar store, then it took me around 30 minutes. I’d say its a success, but I should probably test it out. I’m planning to bring a few to a 9 month old I babysit. I’ve heard a lot of good things about sensory bottles, so hopefully mine will be just as well received!