I love Autumn, it has to be my favorite season of the year!
After creating a Summer-themed ocean wave bottle, I felt inspired to create a sensory bottle for each season and I immediately thought of swirling multi-hued Autumn leaves! Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that teach and fascinate her. And, if I’m being completely honest, I find sensory bottles fascinating too, so let’s make one!
- 16 ounce clear, plastic bottle
- 6 ounces of hot water
- Clear glue
- Slender whisk
- Leaf-shaped glitter
- Regular glitter (optional)
- More hot water
- Glue for the lid
- Pour the 6 ounces of hot (as hot as your tap will run) water into your bottle.
- Add 2.5 to 3 ounces (or more) of glue to the hot water in your bottle. The more glue you add, the slower your leaves will swirl and fall.
- Whisk the glue in the hot water until well incorporated. You can also replace the lid of the bottle and shake, however this created a lot of foam bubbles for me. They will go away, but it will slow down your progress.
- Measure 1 to 2 tablespoons of Glycerin and whisk or replace the lid and shake again.
- Add your glitter. I used several different hues of leaf shaped glitter and a few pinches of regular gold glitter.
- Pour more hot water into the bottle. Stop before reaching the top, replace the lid and turn the bottle over several times to check how everything moves. At this point you can add more glitter, more glue to make it fall slower, and/or more glycerin to smooth everything out.
- After you’re satisfied with the flow of the bottle’s contents, remove the lid again and fill the bottle all the way to the top with the hot water.
- If your child is older and you worry about him/her undoing the lid, you can coat the inside of the lid with glue, then screw it back onto the bottle. This will secure the lid and make it harder for little ones to unscrew the lid and create a leak or spill the bottle’s contents.