Sensory bottles are fantastic fun for young children, but might take a bit of practice to get right.
We just used an empty soda bottle for ours, but any plastic bottle with a lid works perfectly. Just make sure the lid doesn’t come off too easily and rinse well before use.
Magnet Sensory Bottle
This magnet sensory bottle is a super simple sensory activity perfect for introducing the concept of magnetism to little ones.
We did find the water went cloudy after a few days so it’s not an example of a long lasting sensory bottle but definitely fun while it lasted! We also tried this with baby oil which worked much better,
Bottle with lid
Small magnetic and non objects
Pasta and Rice Sensory Bottle
Carefully pour your coloured rice and pasta into the bottle, add the small objects and give a good shake.
Use the magnet to move the magnetic objects around the bottle. How many can you find?
How to colour rice and pasta
Pour your rice or pasta into a bowl.
Add a small amount of vinegar and food colouring and mix well.
Leave to dry.
Water bottle Sensory Bottle
Fill up a bottle about 3/4 full with water and add some pirate treasure and some coins.
Use your magnet to find the coins, how many can you find?
What’s your favourite magnetism activity?
Does a plastic bottle work better than a glass bottle?
Can you try different strength magnets?
We used the Learning Resources Super Magnet Classroom Lab Kit to create this activity.
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