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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. 

DIY rice sensory bottle
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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?

That’s it!

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.

Published: 2017-07-12 01:17:32


  1. Michi (@michisolee)

    I’ve seen this also in Pinterest and recently, I saw a lot of sensory bottles in Mind Museum. Sometimes, you don’t need to buy expensive toys to entertain kids, simple project like this will do. Agree, this is fun as long as the content stays in the bottle pero pag nabuksan, ang kalat sa car. 🙂

    14 . Jul . 2017
  2. Mhaan (@momyrockinstyle)

    Wow, this is so cool and very easy to prepare. You can make as many as you want pa. I agree that sometimes we don’t need to buy expensive toys for our kids. Good job mommy!

    14 . Jul . 2017
  3. Nerisa

    This looks nice and creative. Little kids would surely enjoy this activity. There are a lot of ideas in pinterest pala. I might browse it too.

    17 . Jul . 2017
  4. Kim Reyes (@momondutyblog)

    We’ve tried this before when our kids were younger. It’s a great activity for little ones!

    17 . Jul . 2017
  5. Mamanee San Luis

    I so want to try this for my son. This is a great idea. I’ve made the glitter version before but this looks way easier. 🙂

    17 . Jul . 2017
  6. tina

    nice idea mommy. now that you have that cute bottle, play an upbeat music and teach your kid to use it as a shaker to complement the music 🙂

    17 . Jul . 2017
  7. Nilyn_ECM

    This is nice, fun and inexpensive! I’ll make one for Nate soon, I bet he’ll love it. Kaso feeling ko magkukumahog yun na buksan to kasi alam nyang nabubuksan ang bottle. lol.

    17 . Jul . 2017
  8. Mommy Anna

    Actually late ko na discover this sensory bottle idea, my son is the first apo and first nephew so spoiled sa dami ng toys but karamihan educational naman. Will definitely do this one if I will be bless with another baby

    18 . Jul . 2017
  9. Arlene Tingson

    I’ve made sensory bottles with my kid also and I found that the perfect one is what you want it to be, sometimes it takes lots of trial and error. We’ve had lids break, mold grow, magnets turn to rust, complete flops, and so many more unexpected results. They’ve always been an adventure though, and the approaches has become much more scientific throughout the years. Thanks for sharing this project!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  10. supermommyjem

    Great idea for this DIY sensory bottle, I’ll include this in my list for both of my kids.

    20 . Jul . 2017
  11. Ruth

    wow how creative naman!! Galing!

    20 . Jul . 2017
  12. Maan Laxa

    This sounds cool! I wish I knew about it when my son was younger. He loved sensory activities – his favourite was painting using flour + food colouring on his high chair food tray!

    23 . Jul . 2017
  13. Madz | Mommy N' More

    This is great! I think my daughter would love to try this! Although she might just open the bottle and let all the rice out. She likes cooking rice in the morning. Great idea for keeping those little hands busy!

    06 . Sep . 2017

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