Saturday, December 1, 2012

Glitter Sensory Bottle

'Tis the season for goodies and sweets! If you're one of the people making those goodies around the holidays, there's a good chance you have a bottle of Karo syrup in your cupboard. You can use that syrup to make an awesome sensory bottle for your little one!

For our sensory bottle, I cleaned out an empty Gatorade bottle and added 1/2 water, 1/2 Karo syrup, and a couple tablespoons of glitter. I also hot glued the lid to reduce choking hazard. Voila! A new sensory bottle! Now, you may be thinking, "Couldn't I just do this with oil and water instead of syrup and water?" Yes, you could, and we have, but it doesn't work as well. With an oil and water bottle (aka lava lamp sensory bottle), you either have to add a few drops of glycerine to slow the movement down or keep turning it over and over again to keep the glitter moving. Baby Bear didn't have much interest in our lava lamp sensory bottle. With the syrup and water bottle, the glitter keeps moving for several minutes on its own, and Baby Bear loves it. When I told a friend of mine about this bottle, she asked about adding holiday shapes confetti. I think that would work, too, though I haven't tried it myself. It's possible the confetti would require a little more Karo syrup rather than equal parts syrup and water because confetti is heavier than glitter. Either way, this sensory bottle is mesmerizing! And, it's got all the glitz of the holidays!

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