If you’re like me, you probably think of primary education when you think of sensory bottles. However, sensory items still have a place in upper elementary education. I believe that we separate upper elementary from primary far too often and forget that fact that kids are still kids! It doesn’t matter if they’re 10 instead of 7. Kids love playing with water bottles at all ages and this activity can be a fun break from the stress of testing and academics while also supporting some of your kids who need a little extra sensory attention in the upper elementary classroom.
You could even turn this activity into a fun math activity (maybe I should create this for you!) by having students purchase supplies for their bottle. You could also make these a part of a fun classroom fall party if you’re just not sure where to fit it in during the day. With all the bottle flipping shenanigans that have been going on, this is sure to be a hit in your classroom.
Ready to make your own? Here’s how to make it happen!
● Empty water bottles
● Red , yellow and green food coloring
● Vegetable or baby oil
● Plastic Halloween themed creatures and bugs
● Halloween confetti
● Googly eyes
● Hot glue gun
- Fill your empty water bottles ⅔ of the way full with water.
- Add in your glitter, Halloween confetti, Halloween creatures, bugs and googly eyes.
- Add in 3-4 drops of food coloring and then put the cap back on the bottle and shake to mix. To create orange, use two drops of red and two drops of orange food coloring.
- Open the bottle and fill the remainder with vegetable or baby oil. Leave a small amount of space at the very top so that the contents of your bottles can mix more easily.
- Use a hot glue gun to seal the top of the cap, so that there are not accidental leaks with play.
Now that you’re all done, let the students play with their bottles for a little bit and destress together. It’s definitely worth it!