When it comes to creating sensory or calm down bottles, it’s all about experimenting. The most important ingredient you need for making sensory bottles is creativity!
Children with autism struggle with processing sensory information around them such as tastes, movement, brightness, smells, and textures. Sensory bottles provide a calming sensory experience for children with autism and sensory needs. Children with autism often struggle with feeling overwhelmed by sensory input from their environment. This type of sensory toy can calm meltdowns or tantrums when a child is feeling stressed with too much sensory input.
Sensory play and sensory toys provide the following benefits for children with autism:
A study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found children who participated in regular sensory integration therapy needed less assistance from their parents in the areas of social situations and self-care compared to those not receiving sensory integration therapy.
Along with all the benefits sensory play provides a child with autism, sensory bottles are especially great for sensory play because there is no mess! All the mess is contained in a sealed plastic bottle that can be taken anywhere. Sensory bottles are perfect for away from home sensory meltdowns. To start making sensory bottles customized for your child, let’s look at some ideas of what to fill sensory bottles with!
While you can always just add any of the fillers above into a bottle without liquid, there are certain liquids to add with fillers to get different effects for sensory bottles.
To get started making sensory bottles, start experimenting! There are different types of sensory bottles that create different effects depending on the type of liquid you add to the bottle. There are many “recipes” you can find online if you want to make things easier for yourself or you’re not comfortable with experimenting on your own.
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When creating sensory bottles, there are a few things to keep in mind! Stick to these 5 helpful tips for experimenting:
Although you can always follow a specific recipe to get a certain look and feel for sensory bottles, there are common “styles” to try for your child.
With these “styles” of sensory bottles in mind, I started experimenting. Try two of my easy recipes below!
The picture on the left is what it looks like when mixed. The picture on the right is what it looks like when the bottle “settles.” It creates a mesmerizing effect!
To make your own glitter and oil wave sensory bottle, follow the directions below:
Remember- The more thick liquid (like clear glue) you add the slower objects move in the bottle. Pom pom’s are extremely light! This bottle doesn’t require much glue.
Sensory bottles make an on-the-go sensory experience for children with autism to calm and regulate emotions while increasing your child’s focus and attention. They are also completely customizable! All you have to do now is start experimenting and creating with a variety of crafts and liquids.
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