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)

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

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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!

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Frog Sensory Bag

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First off, what is a sensory bag? a sensory bag is mainly used for children under the age of 2. It is a mess free way to experience different sensory objects. This one is a “frog and water” bag. The “water” is hair gel.

As I was scrolling through Pinterest, I came across sensory bags. I currently babysit two girls under one years old. I thought a sensory bag would be perfect for a baby. Still giving the child a chance to explore, but in a safer way. I found all the materials at the dollar store; duct tape, (knock off) ziplock, toy frogs, and blue shower gel. I was originally looking for hair gel, but they only had clear. I think it still worked out well. I am babysitting a nine month old on Friday, so I will bring it to her and see how she reacts. I’ll keep you updated!

UPDATE:

It leaked, all over my bag. I’ve since put it in a stronger ziplock. It was probably not the best choice to buy 99 cent ziplocks from a dollar store. I’m going to remake it and hopefully It will turn out better then this one!

UPDATE #2:

The bag was well received, a fun experience for the one year old and a easy way for me to get a break. She was very interested for a solid 10 minutes.