If you caught our last post, then you know my kids are L-O-V-I-N-G Chicka Chicka Boom Boom right now. Recently, I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at creating some sort of sensory activity. That, coupled with the fact that we’re currently redecorating our homeschool room in a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme, inspired this DIY sensory bottle!
DIY Sensory Bottle Materials
- Small plastic bottle
- Brown construction paper
- Green felt
- Brown pom-poms
- Alphabet lacing beads
- Star confetti
- Glue gun (not pictured)
Note: Amounts will vary depending on the size of your bottle.
This DIY sensory bottle is versatile and can be achieved using a variety of different items. Get creative with the materials you have on hand!
How To Make It
- First, start by folding your brown construction paper in a zig-zag pattern. It should resemble something like a fan when you’re done.
2. Then, bunch the folds together (as though you were holding a fan.) It should be slightly less than a fingers width.
3. Next, cut small, thin strips. Continue until you’ve cut the entire paper. I actually used about a page and a half to fill the little bottle we used.
The end result should look something like this. Honestly, you could cheat and buy brown basket filler for $1 from the dollar store. It would save time (and your fingers.) However, I’m cheap. So, I decided to do it myself using brown construction paper.
4. Next, take your green felt piece. If it’s a decent size, fold it into thirds. (This just saves you cutting time.)
5. Now, cut out some palm tree leaves.
Note: When cutting your leaves, consider the size of your bottle. You don’t want them to be too small or too big. I used 1 1/2 felt sheets for a total of 9 leaves.
Time to Assemble
6. Now, you need to fill your bottle with the paper strips and any filler items you chose for your bottle. Remember, be creative and use what you have on hand!
(Insert picture with cap on here)
7. Yeah, totally forgot to take a picture of this part but it’s pretty self explanatory. Place the cap back on the bottle =)
Tip: If you’re worried about your little one opening the bottle, just use a glue gun (or super glue) to glue it closed.
8. Lastly, you’re gonna glue your palm tree leaves and pom-pom coconuts to the bottle cap. The creamer bottle worked out really well! It gave the palm tree a nice, full look.
And there you have it! Your very own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom DIY sensory bottle. This sensory bottle is super simple and so much fun to make. Perfect for your little Chicka Chicka Boom Boom fan!
Did you make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sensory bottle? Tag @homeschoolinjammies or use #homeschoolinjammies so we can see it!
Until next time,
Do you use sensory activities in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below!