We had as much fun making an Ocean Sensory Bottle as baby had while playing with it! We used the grow animals that we had finished measuring and growing along with a few other supplies to make this toy for Little Miss.

Ocean Sensory Bottle - supplies

Here’s what we used:

  • Small (330 mL) Voss bottle (You could use any, but these are nice because¬†of their cylindrical shape, peel-off label, and attractive lid.)
  • Small plastic animals (grow animals and other trinket-type toys)
  • Novelty buttons with the shanks trimmed off
  • Water
  • Corn syrup
  • Baby oil
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Funnel, tweezers and goggles (mainly for fun)
  • Heavy-duty glue to seal it shut

Ocean Sensory Bottle - corn syrup

Honestly, this was less of an exact recipe and more of a let’s-see-what-happens adventure. We added a bit of water to the bottle and then made glitter ‘glue’ by combining glitter with corn syrup. The glitter will pull apart when the bottle is swished, but then merges back together. You could also just use glitter glue or glitter +¬†clear glue if you had those on hand.

Ocean Sensory Bottle - glitter

The kids were giddy about this and took their jobs VERY SERIOUSLY.Ocean Sensory Bottle - goggles on


Ocean Sensory Bottle - testing the glitterWe mixed in a few drops of food coloring to the water and then put in the animals.

Ocean Sensory Bottle - in action

We decided to add some baby oil to get some extra depth. Once we were happy with the way it looked, we glued the bottle lid shut.

Little Miss loved it!

Ocean Sensory Bottle - amazed

It was actually a great toy for her as she started creeping and crawling because she would push it around, watch it roll, and then go get it. R loves to shake it up and dance around singing “Shake, shake, shake, shake, Shake the ocean!” It’s an easy laugh from her little sister.

Ocean Sensory Bottle - rolling the bottle

This was also a great way for my kids to make something meaningful for their baby sister. They are so amazing with her. I am utterly in awe of their relationship and thankful that we are all together each day.

There are thousands of ideas for Sensory Bottles on Pinterest, so check them out if you need some more inspiration!

Ocean Sensory Bottle - Ocean in a Bottle

Have you ever made toys for your kids? What else could we make?




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