This post is by contributor Sammie!
Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to be able to show those around us how much we love and care about them! Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids can be fun, but with babies it can sometimes be difficult to make the day special. We recently made an easy Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottle that’s a great way to celebrate with your baby!
To make a Sparkly Sensory Bottle, you will need:
- Water Bottle
- Liquid Food Dye
- Valentine-Themed Sensory Bottle Filler (pom-poms, foam hearts etc)
To start, you will need a water bottle (we drank the water first, since we drink bottled water, and then refilled it with tap water for this project). Remove the label, and then wash the bottle to remove the leftover glue from the label as well. Add a SINGLE drop of food dye (be sure to use liquid, and not gel to make sure it mixes well) to the water and mix well. If you use too many drops of food dye, it will make the water too tough to see the objects inside. We used purple.
Remove some of the water from the bottle, to make room for the items you will add to the bottle. Now you get to add the fun stuff! Find items that are Valentine themed and add them to the bottle. We used glitter in red and silver, red, blue, and purple foam hearts, and red, blue, and purple pom-poms. Replace the lid and shake the bottle to mix everything together.
To keep the bottle from leaking on your baby as they play with it, or to keep the lid from coming off during play, dry the inside of the lid, and the rim of the bottle, and add some superglue, and replace the lid quickly. This will seal everything together well.
As your baby plays, be sure to interact with them. Point out shapes, and colors. Work on the phrase, “I love you!” with your baby as well during this activity. Show them how to shake the bottle to make the colors move as well, and encourage them to do the same. Happy Valentine’s Day!
About the author:
Sammie is a wife, mom-of-two, and long-term lover of kids and hands-on activities! She loves learning through play, and allowing kids to learn without knowing they’re learning. She also believes that learning isn’t something boring, or something that fades with age, but is something that should happen every single day, for the rest of our lives!