Monday, September 9, 2013

Baby Sensory Bottles

My wonderful God son Syrus (a.k.a. Jairica Stepford's son) is growing so quickly and I think he is just about old enough to start making him one of my favorite infant activities-Sensory Bottles!

This is a great way to introduce young children to different colors, sounds , textures, weights, and shapes even if they are too small or 'unsafe' for an infant. The reason you can get away with 'unsafe' items is because they are securely inside a plastic bottle.

The first step to making sensory bottles is to save empty plastic bottles. Have a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of my favorite are Gatorade bottles because of the texture around the middles, POM Wonderful because of its rounded shape, and clear 2-liter bottles for light fluffy objects.

The possibilities are endless on what you can put inside your bottles. Some common objects include feathers, cotton balls, bells, popcorn kernels, pom poms, shredded paper or plastic Easter grass, buttons, and glitter.

One thing to keep in mind: Once you start filling your bottles, make sure you hot glue or super glue the lid to the top so the child can not get the filling OR the bottle lid which would both be a choking hazard.

If you are able to carefully do so, some sensory bottles can have small holes poked into it so that a scent can be on the inside. This would work best for older infants and toddlers.

A perk to these bottles is that they are easily cleaned. Infants like to put things in their mouth-that's is the drool they will most certainly get all over these bottles!

Keep your creativity high and have fun experimenting with what stimulates your baby. Remember, you can vary the size of the bottles, the weight of the bottles, the colors inside the bottles, and the sound the bottles make! Exposure is great for young infants' minds.

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