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Today, we have been making these colourful sensory bottles for babies and toddlers, with lots and lots of glitter in….so watch out ;-) They are cheap, easy to make, and babies and toddlers love them! Best of all, you probably will have most of the materials at home already.

Fun craft for mum and baby. Create your own sensory baby bottle - add a little sparkle to your day!

Sensory bottles are great for helping babies eyes to focus on near objects. They will also enjoy:

  • The movement as the glitter swirls around the bottles,
  • Looking at the different colors, and
  • Listening to the movement of the water.

Here’s how you make them – if you have older children they might like to join in helping:


  • Clean empty drink bottles,
  • Tape/glue,
  • Colored paint or food dye, and
  • Glitter.


1. Make sure your drink bottles are clean and remove any labels from them

2. Fill them with water and add a few drops of either colored paint or food dye and shake them up to mix the color

Sensory bottles for babies are a great way for them to explore the world around them. Sensory play is a great fun craft for mums and babies.

3. Add in some glitter-for these ones I’ve used the same color as the paint plus some silver glitter for added sparkle but you can use any colors or even a variety to make it multicolored

4. Use the tape or glue to secure the lid back onto the bottle

5. You are now ready to play! Just make sure you supervise your baby while they play.

They are perfect for the newborn stage, right up to toddlers. Newborns will love watching the glitter, move while older babies and toddlers can enjoy shaking the bottles themselves.

If you would like any other ideas for sensory play, then do pop along to our Pinterest board where we have some great ones for you, from babies to toddlers and beyond:

If you like these sensory bottles for babies, be sure to check out some of the other crafts that we have on the site as well, including:

There are plenty of other great sensory play resources on the internet, why not check out these from fellow bloggers:

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

November Chizurumoke

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Great idea. It's cheap to make and my kids will love them.

Kara Guppy

Monday 2nd of May 2016

These look like great fun - mine aren't babies anymore but would still like to play with them


Friday 29th of April 2016

Brilliant sensory ideas and cheap to make as well

Nichola - Globalmouse

Thursday 28th of April 2016

I love these! Really colourful and interesting for kids, such a great, cheap way to capture their attention!

Nayna Kanabat

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Lovely idea for playtime. I love the sparkle in the bottles.

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