Jul 1, 2013

Beach in a Bottle - A Summer Sensory Bottle

We are really overdue over at the House of Burke for another Baby School unit! There are so many things that I want to focus on with Kingston and explore. This little boy is seriously obsessed with both sand and water! He has never been to the beach due to his extremely fair skin and his Mama's phobia of people sitting on top of her in the scorching sun (I'm currently more of a pool or private beach girl .. I'm not in love with the beach crowds), but I thought it would be a really great topic to focus on! This week, we are going to explore both the sandy beaches and ocean life through sensory exploration, art projects, and our favorite beach themed books. 

Our first beach themed activity was a super simple Beach in a Bottle sensory bottle! 


All you need to recreate this sensory bottle is craft sand, seashells, an empty bottle, and glue for the cap. I used an empty coffee creamer container that Glam*Ma saved for us. I poured the entire container of sand in and added some interesting and differently colored shells. Then I glued the cap shut. 


I love how the bottle looks tilted on its side! It is such an easy, but appealing bottle to create. I sat K on the floor and handed it to him. This was the first sensory bottle I have made in awhile, so he was excited to see what was inside. 


He peered inside, and I explained to him what the contents were. Then he started shaking it up. This is his favorite thing to do with all of his sensory bottles. The sand made a beautiful sound running over the shells. 


He had a good laugh at those silly shells inside!


He spent the rest of his beach bottle exploration rolling the bottle around the floor and watching the shells appear in the sand.


Kingston will explore this bottle with his other beach-y things over the next week or so. This is definitely a great sensory bottle to recreate. It is simple, beautiful, and fun to shake! It also makes a great eye-spy bottle! 





16 comments:

  1. What a great idea! We just got back from a trip to Florida and I wish I would have thought of this before we drove back my little one could have played with this for hours in the car! I am featuring this on We Made That Wednesday today!

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    1. Thanks Tracey! It would have been a fun keepsake to put all of your Florida shells in! Thank you so much for the feature!

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  2. This is great! Please consider sharing it Eco-Kids Tuesday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday_2.html

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I just linked up! Let me know when your button is up and running and I will add it to my "Linky Parties" page!

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    2. LOL whenever I learn how to fix it... have tried several times gah. I am featuring your Beach in a Bottle on Tuesday. Hope to see you again! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/search/label/Eco-Kids%20Tuesday

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    3. I have had a bunch of trouble with my bloghop button too for Magical Moments Monday .. those tricky buggers! Thank you so much for featuring! I appreciate it!! :)

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  3. I really like this... Kz loves his sensory bottles and he's been having a blast at the beach this summer... can't wait to combine his two loves and try this out! Krissy

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    1. Thanks Krissy! This is so simple to do! He can even collect the shells to put inside. It would make a great toy AND keepsake! :)

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  4. This is so cute! I am featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday!

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring us Karyn! :)

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  5. Just lovely! Thank you for sharing it at the Kids CoOp. So thrilled to be featuring this post as part of my bottle play roundup. xo Pauline

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    1. Thank you Pauline! I am so thrilled to be part of your roundup! :) What a great idea!

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  6. featuring 2 of your post today on the kids co-op. Thanks for linking up:-) http://www.frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtail.com/2013/07/beach-and-sand-play-activities-for.html

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