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We love a good discovery bottle in our house. And now that the kids are getting a little bit older, both of them can enjoy them together. I put this really easy suspended star discovery bottle together over the weekend and it was a big hit with my almost 4 year old. She wanted it right next to her on the table while she ate lunch and was mesmerized by it.

Slow Falling Star Discovery Bottle

You will need:

  • Voss Plastic Water Bottles (found in convience stores and grocery stores)
  • Clear dish soap
  • Clear hand soap
  • Colored star beads (you can find these at any craft store)

Take the wrapping off the Voss water bottle and add in a few hand full’s of the star beads. Then fill it 3/4th of the way full with the clear hand soap and finish it off with the clear dish soap. The hand soap is thicker and will keep the stars from moving too quickly. The dish soap will help to add bubbles as well as loosen it up so the stars do move, but slowly.

A quick note, if you have a child who may want to take the lid off, simply super glue the lid down when you screw it on so they can’t open it.

Once you are done adding everything, shake it up and watch the stars slowly fall to the top and bottom of the water bottle.

I was actually rather addicted to watching them slowly move and fall. It would make a great calming or sensory bottle in a quiet sensory space in your home or classroom.

We really enjoyed this and I have a feeling we will be making these a lot more with all kinds of different themes and items inside.

For some more discovery bottle ideas, here are some I already have on the blog:

  • Winter discovery bottle for baby
  • Christmas discovery bottle for baby

My friend Angela, over at Teaching Mama also has a great 12 months series of sensory bottles that would be great to check out.

For more great sensory play ideas, check out my Sensory Fun Pinterest board below.


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