At the beginning of the month I updated our Christmas themed sensory bottles to these winter sensory bottles. Sensory bottles are great for all ages but especially popular with babies and best of all can be made with things you already have around the house so get saving those drinking bottles.

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winter sensory bottles

All you need are some empty drinks bottles, strong glue or a glue gun and whatever you want to put in them. Secure tightly and watch as little hands shake, bang and explore.


The ones I created contain the following (from left to right):

  • Silver tinsel
  • Water with beads (they dyed the water cloudy though)
  • Blue and white pompoms
  • Blue rice with hidden arctic animals (see larger photo)
  • Cotton wool
  • Blue and white pipe cleaners
  • Blue and white tissue paper
  • Water with blue food dye and glitter

winter sensory bottles

The ones that make a noise and the ones with glitter are always the most popular. Even the older kids I look after play with these in their role play often pretending they are drinks to go with the kitchen.

You could also make a very simple sensory bottles with just rice or pasta or even coloured water, they are definitely not something you need to spend money on.


winter sensory bottles

I found a Glue Gun the best way of securing the lid really tightly as normal glue just didn’t hold as well. Always be sure to use the bottles under supervision.


Early Years Outcomes:

Over the last few weeks I have noted the following when observing my younger Tots (13m, 14m, 15m, 17m and 21months old) play with these:

  • Communication & language: Has a strong exploratory impulse, concentrates on object of own choosing.
  • Physical development: Reaching out and touching / holding objects.
  • Understanding the world: Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking.

The Early Years Outcomes document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. 

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