I am going to start making lots of different sensory bottles with Luke and Lilah, my preschool-aged children. As we perfect them, we’ll share them with you. Here’s the first one: a DIY rain stick sensory bottle. Rain sticks are fun for the youngest baby all the way to adults! Not only do they sound very soothing, they are fun to watch the grains trickle down as you turn them over. This is a great project just for the sensory aspect in and of itself, but would also go along nicely with a science unit on weather or as a do-it-yourself instrument to add to your music or circle time, too!
We found that tiny grains worked best, so we added a little bit of quinoa and a lot of amaranth. If you don’t already have these, you can probably find them in your local health food store’s bulk bins so you can buy just the small portion you need. Ours came from Whole Foods.
When you have the toothpicks and grains in your bottle, screw the cap on tightly and turn it over. Shake gently if needed to get the grains to fall. Listen to the “rain” sound. Then repeat.
Once you have your bottle perfected (I’d wait a day or two to make sure you’ve got everything right), glue the lid on and let your kids have fun making rain sounds to their heart’s content!
Here’s our bottle at rest:
Though it’s a shame you can’t hear it, here’s our bottle in action:
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