Ringer Game DIY Sensory Bottle – Make this rainbow loom band DIY toy to help children develop concentration and focus, and, learn to self-regulate as they play.
This easy DIY Toy for kids is a fun ringer game that children can play to help them calm down, focus, and learn to self-regulate. DIY sensory bottles, like this ringer game, are a wonderful tool for calming an overwhelmed or anxious child and are also a great way for babies and toddlers to play with small items without the risk of choking on them. For more information about DIY sensory bottles and their uses check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Calm-down jars and discovery bottles are excellent tools for children from toddlers to teens with many uses there are ways to make them. Even adults love to play with sensory bottles, myself included, and this DIY ringer game is one young and old alike enjoy. It has miraculously survived the thrashings that our family and friends have given it, it still works, and remains a favorite in our home since its creation. We had one craft fail that helped us learn how not to make it before we succeeded in July of 2016 with the rainbow loom band ringer game shown here. You can see my daughter playing with it that summer in the photographs below.
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DIY Ringer Game Sensory Bottle Toy for Kids
When I was a kid my brother had a portable ringer game we all enjoyed. I had a lot of extra loom bands around, and thought it would be fun to make a ringer game similar to what I remembered–and it worked!
It’s so much fun, my daughter and I are always stealing it away from each other. So, we made another one! We have another DIY ringer game made with glow-in-the-dark loom bands, and now we have two of them to play with–so we don’t fight over it anymore.
I recommend doing the same if you have more than one child. Make them with different colors so each of your children knows who’s is who’s at first glance, so there’s no reason to argue over them.
Ringer Game DIY Materials
- Recycled water bottle or tall mason jar
- Goo Gone (optional)
- Rainbow loom bands
- Martini Golf Tee’s
- E6000 Glue
- Small nail
How to Make a Ringer Game Sensory Bottle Step-by-Step Directions
Step 1 – Find a bottle to use to make a ringer game
Grab a bottle from the recycle bin that will work to make a ringer game, or use a tall mason jar. If you are using a recycled bottle, peel off the sticker and use Goo Gone to remove any remaining sticky residue.
Step 2 – Glue the golf tee to the lid.
The first ringer game that we made failed in less than 12 hours! Make sure you follow the directions below to make a ringer game that will last!
- Remove the lid liner, if any.
- Use a nail or other sharp object to score the top of the golf tee and the inside of the lid. This will help the glue bond with the slick plastic surface.
- Fill the top (martini glass) of the golf tee with E6000 glue and attach it to the inside of the lid. Use it outside, or, in a well-ventilated area away from children, the fumes of this bonding glue are extremely toxic!
- Carefully place a small amount of glue around the perimeter of the golf tee to give it extra strength and bonding power. Not too much or you won’t be able to put the lid on the bottle.
- Allow the glue to dry AT LEAST 72 hours before placing it in water. E6000 glue takes several days to cure and bond.
Update: We still have both of our ringer game DIY sensory bottles. They are currently 3 years old, and neither golf tee has detached! They are both still intact and are as fun to play with as ever!
Step 3 – Place the rainbow loom bands in the game bottle
Drop about 20 – 30 rainbow-colored loom bands into the sensory bottle. We used too many at first and ended up taking some out. Fewer loom bands make the game more challenging and fun!
Note: Use the solid-colored rainbow loom bands. The jelly loom bands tend to float instead of sink.
Step 4 – Fill the bottle with water.
Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with water. You want to fill it all the way to the top so there is no air in it.
Step 7 – Place the lid on the bottle
Place the lid on the bottle and enjoy trying to get a ringer!
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Ringer Game Toy Trouble Shooting Tips
Loom bands are wacky because sometimes they float. My daughter moves the bottle around so much when she plays it doesn’t seem to matter. She still gets ringers and is overjoyed every single time!
Play with your loom band ringer game sensory bottle for a few days before you glue the lid on. That way you can add more loom bands or take some out.
You can even take the bands that end up floating out of the bottle after a day or so if you like. Or, you can test them beforehand in water as a type of science experiment like we did.
Once you are happy with your DIY ringer game, glue on the lid and hand it over to your kids. Unless you’re keeping it for yourself of course. 😉
For more troubleshooting tips, and ideas beyond sensory bottles, have a look at Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Ringer Game DIY Toy for Kids
A DIY rainbow loom band ringer game sensory bottle is a super fun way to help children (and adults) calm down while they play.
Discovery jars and DIY sensory bottles like this ringer game are also an easy way for babies and toddlers to play games with small items without the risk of choking on them.
To learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
We also made a ringer game toy using glow-in-the-dark loom bands. Click the link to have a look at it.
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