Making Sensory Water Bottles

This is another fun sensory activity for children of all ages. It can also be used by older children to learn about simple volume.

You will need:

  • Empty water bottles
  • Water
  • Food colourings
  • Glue


Pour varying levels of water in to the bottles, so for example one it full, empty, half full etc, then add a few drops of food colouring to the water, and glue on the lid. The children will enjoy shaking these and admiring the colour and movement.

This activity can also be used to help children learn colours and also simple volume. Children can begin to recognise and use mathematical language such as, full, empty, half full. They can also begin ordering the bottles by the water level.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Mathematical development
  • Personal and Social development

6 thoughts on “Making Sensory Water Bottles

  1. This is a great sensory activity, I have also put cooking oil, washing up liquid and water into the same bottle they mix when the bottle is shook up and then seperate when left to settle. Also added glitter, glitter shapes, etc.

  2. Great fun for children! You can also add oil (&glitter as well if you want) & it makes a ‘lava lamp’ type thing as you move it slowly upside down & back again (as the oil always tries to get to the top)!

  3. I like this idea, very good for finding out about a lot of different things (and a way to recycle plastic water bottles)

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