This seashell DIY sensory bottle can help children (and adults) learn to self-regulate. The gentle motion of the slow falling sea shells can relieve anxiety as the shells swirl and float to the bottom of this homemade calm down jar. Make your own soothing sea shells sensory bottle today!
Help your children learn to self-regulate with the gentle motion of sea shells with this easy homemade seashell sensory bottle.
How to Make a Soothing Seashell Sensory Bottle
A seashell discovery bottles is also great for no mess safe sensory play. This soothing sea shell sensory bottle is a simple way to allow babies and toddlers to investigate shells without the risk of choking on them.
For more information about sensory bottles and their uses check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Slow Falling Sea Shells DIY Calm Down Jar Supplies
- Mason jar or water bottle (Any bottle from the recycle bin will do!)
- Goo Gone
- Sea shells (Make a seashell calm down jar and a few of these shell flowers and/or shell handprint keepsakes.
- Blue food coloring or liquid watercolor paint.
- Liquid hand soap
- Super Glue
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Homemade Seashell Discovery Bottle Step by Step Directions
Step 1 – Grab a mason jar or a water bottle from the recycle bin
Clean mason jar or recycled bottle. Peel off the sticker, if needed, and use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue.
Step 2 – Clean sea shells for seashell sensory bottle
Clean, soak and rinse 1/3 – 1/2 cup of seashells so there are no broken shell pieces or other particles remaining. Dirty shells make dirty seashell sensory bottles!
Step 3 – Add sea shells to seashell sensory bottle
Place the seashells into the mason jar or recycled bottle to start your soothing seashell discovery bottle.
Step 4 – Add water to the seashell sensory bottle
Pour 1/3 – 1/2 cup of tap water into the mason jar or recycled bottle. More water will make the seashells move faster once the bottle is finished while less water will make the seashell sensory bottle move slower.
Step 5 – Add color to the seashell sensory bottle
Step 6 – Add clear liquid handsoap
Fill the seashell calming seashell bottle up with clear liquid hand soap. Place the lid on your soothing sea shell sensory bottle and shake it up. It may be a bit murky for a few hours until the contents mix and settle.
Read through the homemade sensory bottle troubleshooting tips in the next section before making this seashell bottle craft.
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Discovery Bottle DIY Tips
Play with the seashell bottle craft for a day or two to make sure you like how fast the seashells move.
If you want the shells to move a little faster add a bit more water. If you want them to move slower add a little more clear liquid hand soap to your seashell sensory bottle.
When you are happy with the way your shell calm down jar moves, fill it all the way up with water or liquid hand soap so there is no air in it.
Air, soap, and water make bubbles. If you shake it up with air in it it will become a frothy mess that may not ever settle.
Even when you fill your sensory bottle all the way up with the seashell sensory bottle recipe, it may be a bit murky until the contents mix and settle.
For more troubleshooting tips, including everything you ever want to know about sensory bottles, pop over to read Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Glue the lid on your seashell discovery bottle and hand it over to your kids. Unless you’re keeping it for yourself of course. 😉
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Soothing Sea Shells Sensory Bottle Calm Down Jar for Kids (and adults)
Sensory bottles like this slow falling sea shells sensory bottle can be used to help soothe a child when they feel overwhelmed. Even an anxious adult can benefit from the soothing quality of this seashell sensory bottle.
Discovery bottles are also great for no mess safe sensory play. They are the perfect way for babies and toddlers to safely investigate small objects like shells without the risk of choking on them.
For more information about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and more… Check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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