Light + Sensory Bottles
Sensory bottles are an attractive material for infants and younger toddlers to encourage gross motor skills, cause and effect, integration of senses and more.
Play with sensory bottles encourages infants and toddlers to;
*Balancing in a seated position while reaching for an object.
*Crawl for an object.
*Practice with reaching and grasping.
*Explore cause and effect
*How to use their hands and mouth as tools for discovery
*Hear language as you describe the colors and actions involved in their play.
The light table adds another element of discovery. The colors tend to glow over the light and materials in general look different in relationship to the light. Once your child has thoroughly explored their sensory bottles, putting them on the light table will encourage further exploration.
There are probably hundred of different ways to fill these bottles. I tried to keep in mind a variety of visual and auditory stimulation.
Here is what I put in my 6 bottles:
Bottle 1. Fill 2/3 with water, add food coloring, fill the rest of the way with vegetable oil
Bottle 2. Shave off sides of crayons to create confetti type substance for #3. Then cut remaining crayons into small pieces and put in bottle.
Bottle 3. Put about 2 TBSP of crayons shavings from #2 in bottle, fill about 3/4 of the way with water.
Bottle 4. Food coloring and water, add variety of small objects.
Bottle 5. Dried Pasta
Bottle 6. 1/3 Cup of corn syrup and food coloring. I also added salt on a whim. These are a material that can be used in a vast number of ways and for working on a range of skills.
*Encourage your child to reach for or crawl to bottles you place just out of reach
*Talk about the colors they are seeing while they explore the bottles
*Use language to describe their actions "you're making the bottle shake, shake, shake" "bang, bang, bang"
*Play with them along side Sensory Bags to compare and contrast
Light Table Gatorade or other empty, washed bottles
Small objects such as buttons/paper clips
Glue (to attach tops on when you are done)
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