Last year, we made Halloween sensory bottles. Since we did them late and I didn’t get a chance to write anything about it, I figured I could share it with you this year! This was a fun activity I organized for the playgroup we were doing last fall. I had seen the concept a few times, but I specifically wanted to do one that was Halloween themed.
I ordered expensive water bottles off Amazon as well as filler beads. Note, any bottle will do, and we actually had to use some random bottles because we didn’t order enough of the ones off Amazon for the whole group. For the rest of the supplies, I hit up Oriental Trading, and stopped into a local craft store.
For the themed portion, we had foam beads, shaped erasers, googly eyes, buttons, and little play figures to put inside. For the figures, make sure you know how large the opening is on your bottle! The fancy VOSS water bottles had a small opening, even though they seemed like they would have a larger one.
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What you need for your Halloween sensory bottles:
- Some type of bottle (we used VOSS plastic water bottles, but you can buy a single glass one here)
- Filler beads (16 oz or 5 lbs)
- Themed items
- Colorful filler
- Hot glue gun
- Pretty ribbon
We started by putting the filler beads into the bottles. Then, once we thought we had plenty of filler inside, we added the Halloween items.
Once we were satisfied with the appearance, we used hot glue to glue the cap onto the bottle, and then I chose to put decorative ribbon on the outside. The bottle caps have held up over the past year, but the ribbon did not stay. I’m just happy the bottles themselves have held up.
One thing that would be really fun would be to keep track of how many of each item you put inside. You could even make little cards with pictures of the witches hat, mummy, etc. You could have your child find each item in the bottle, or with an older kid, you could have them estimate how many of each thing are inside the bottle. My kids just look through to see what they can find, and shake it around to make noise.