DIY Slow Motion Calm Down Sensory Bottles | Autism ADHD SPD

Sensory bottles have always mesmerized me.  We love using them for all our children.  For our two with autism, it is a perfect tool to help with breathing techniques.  For our other two who have adhd, they enjoy having something to focus on (and fidget with) when their minds are going to fast.  With this in mind, I decided to share our recipe for DIY Slow Motion Calm Down Sensory Bottles.

The photos for these just do not do them justice. I have even caught my husband flipping them over as he walks past.  This time around, we made a couple Christmas/Winter themed Sensory Bottles.  I love when we can tie the holidays in with our sensory activities, like we did with our Halloween themed Sensory Bags.

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Sensory Toys that are Affordable!

Another great benefit of these sensory toys is the affordability.  We shop at Dollar Tree all the time for our sensory toys and crafts.  Even these sensory bottles can be made 100% from supplies at your local dollar tree, and cost under $3!

Check out how to make your very own DIY Slow Motion Calm Down Sensory Bottles.  Make sure to follow the instructions so that it comes out right!  We also decided to do a video so that you could see the full affects of the sensory bottles.  Enjoy!

DIY Slow Motion Calm Down Sensory Bottles | Autism ADHD SPD


 DIY Slow Motion Calm Down Sensory Bottles

You will need:

  • Clear hair gel
  • Warm water
  • A tall plastic bottle (with lid)
  • Glitter
  • Super glue or tape to secure lid (optional)
  • Ornament filler (or any fancy confetti)

To make:
1. Combine 1 part hair gel to 6 parts warm water (i.e: 1 oz gel with 6 oz gel). Let cool completely and settle.

  1. Using a funnel, pour gel/water mix into the bottle.  Leave at least a few inches room from the top to add other ingredients.  
  2. Add a little bit of glitter and confetti (you can add more after you test it, if needed).
  3. Top off bottle with liquid mixture.
  4. Put lid on bottle and shake vigorously to test your bottle. If the confetti falls to slow(or doesn’t fall at all), empty the mixture back into a bowl and add a little more warm water. Let cool again and re-test. If the confetti falls too fast, mix in a little more hair gel. Let settle and re-test.
  5. Once you are happy with the flow of your sensory bottle, secure the lid with a waterproof glue or wide, clear packaging tape will help to keep it secure from curious little fingers.

This sensory bottle is perfect for calming down and relaxing. What theme did you choose for yours? Let us know in the comments below!

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