DIY Rice Sensory Bottle for Kids
Making rice sensory bottles is so simple and fun, and my kids enjoy turning, shaking, and [tossing] theirs. Do you want to make one? 🙂
Sensory play is beneficial to children, especially to those with autism and other developmental disorders. Children get to learn by stimulating their senses, helping them develop and excel in many different areas.
I stumbled upon this brilliant idea while I was doing my usual pinning spree on Pinterest a few weeks ago. I love that the materials in making a rice bottle are cheap and easy to find around the house.
You will need:
- Empty bottle with cap. Preferably transparent and not tinted.
- Uncooked rice. Doesn’t matter if it’s white or brown, but white looks more neat. You can also use dyed rice if you want. 🙂
- Tiny items. Anything that will fit through the bottle opening.
- Glitter is optional. Who doesn’t like a little sparkle?
I filled our bottle with rice (around 3/4 high, giving enough room for the contents to move freely) using a paper funnel and put inside whatever tiny objects I have found lying around the house — safety pins, buttons, marbles, paper clips, sequins, etc. Start raiding your kids’ toy containers and your craft boxes to find more interesting stuff. 🙂
You can also use similar objects in different colors such as pompons, gems, and beads if you’re trying to teach your child a particular topic, let’s say colors.
For toddlers, it’s important to close the cap tightly or use a glue gun to seal it completely.
How To Play “I SPY” with Rice Sensory Bottle
Allow your child to shake, turn, and wiggle the bottle to uncover the items you’ve added inside. Then you may ask him or her to help you spot the objects one by one.
For older kids, print a list of the items on a sticker paper and stick it on the bottle as a guide. Increase the difficulty level of the game by putting in as many objects as you want. Your kid can also play this by pouring the contents into a plastic tub for a scooping activity — instant sensory bin!
Sensory bottles also make great boredom busters when you travel, as long as the contents stay inside the bottle.