Spring Flower Sensory Bottle

spring-flower-sensory-botteHow about making a simple Spring Flower Sensory Bottle to bring the outside in and develop children’s exploration and enjoyment of the wonder of this time of year?

We love the Spring time,  we’re able to spend more time outside and there’s so much going on to get excited about.  My little ones have been noticing the birds flying about with twigs in their beaks nest building, the blue bells waiting to bloom and the tadpoles darting about in the pond.

We’ve been looking at the grassy areas that are now awash with daisies and dandelions, which are so bright and pretty. My youngest loves to collect them and make colourful displays on our kitchen window sill. He can’t resist filling his pockets with them when we go out. ( They do sometimes get forgotten and end up in the washing machine, oops!)

His colourful collections inspired me to make this Spring Flower Sensory Bottle to share with the pre-schoolers I work with. It’s filled with a mixture of real flowers, glitter and little butterfly and flower jewels. It really does look very pretty and quite magical! I’m sure it will prove to be a great starting point for lots of chatter with the little ones.

Make a magical Spring flower sensory bottle for your baby/toddler, a great educational activity to explore the natural world and bring the outside in.

Let your little ones shake, roll and turn them. A great resource for developing motor skills, promoting an interest in the world around them and developing concentration, language and communication as they chatter and learn about what they see.

How To Make A Spring Flower Sensory Bottle


You Will Need:
  • Plastic bottle with lid
  • A handful of freshly picked dandelions and daisies
  • Glitter
  • Acrylic gems (I had some little flower and butterfly shaped ones which fit the theme well.)
  • Green and Blue PVC insulating tape (electrical tape)
  • Plain paper for the cloud decorations.
  • Clear sticky tape.
  1. Remove the stems from the flowers and pop them in the bottle with a good sprinkling of glitter and a spoonful of acrylic gems if you’re using them. (Anything that you think will catch your little one’s interest can be added to the bottle, maybe grass, leaves, feathers, pebbles, sand etc.)
  2. Fill the bottle up right to the top with water and fit the lid tightly.
  3. Secure the lid into place with insulating tape so little fingers can’t undo it!
  4. To decorate the top simple wrap the blue tape around the lid and first centimeters or two of the bottle to make the sky.
  5. Cut out 3 little cloud shapes from the plain paper and tape into place with the clear sticky tape.
  6. For the grassy bottom cut long thin triangles out of the green tape and put them in place all around the bottom of the bottle. Secure the base of them into place by wrapping round a band of green tape. If the tops of the grass blades look like they might peel off, use a few wrap arounds of clear sticky tape to secure them into place.
  7. Give the bottle a good shake and share it with your little ones.

Very young children will enjoy the completed bottle and older children can help make it with you too. Natural treasures from the outside world around us like, flowers, sand, mud, pebbles etc, offer an endless supply of sensory rich exploration opportunities for all ages to enjoy.

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  1. This is so sweet! What a great idea. I totally want to go make one right now!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Thanks Ann. It’s been a big hit with the little ones and has prompted lots of chatter as they’re watching it change over time. The water’s gone yellow and the petals are falling off now. It’s proving to be a really fascinating look at natural decay.

  2. Oh, I love this! Just dropping by to let you know I will be featuring it on Tuesday Tots this week!

  3. Our neighbors have loads of dandelions in their yards. I bet they wouldn’t find if we harvested some of them for this project. I have pinned this on Pinterest.

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      I’m sure your neighbours would be delighted for them to go to a good cause tee hee. Hope you fun with it and thanks for pinning. :-)

  4. I love your sensory bottles. We do all sorts of sensory explorations with flowers and have been using flower I Spy on walks to reinforce our Spanish language learning. My 3 year-old loves announcing “Flor Rojo!” It is so fun. I think he and his little brother would love these bottles.

  5. This is a beautiful project! Too bad spring is over but maybe I can still do it in a fall theme.

  6. Alana Weeden says:

    Such a great idea! Giving some ideas for our seasons program at my day care

  7. Pauline says:

    Gosh I am loving this activity, looking forward to making it with my little one. Thanks for a wonderful idea.


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