calm down sensory bottles

Calm Down Sensory Bottles, as the name describes, are great for calming down kids who are in timeout, bored & fidgety in the car, anxious, or struggling with sensory overload. Focusing on the objects in the Sensory Bottle will help a child calm down and focus their attention. 

When used for “time-outs”, the Sensory Bottle is shaken and the child is told to watch the glitter. When it settles they can get up again. 

It is widely accepted that breathing exercises are one of the most effective ways to help both kids and adults calm down. Belly breathing/deep breathing is frequently used in health settings to reduce stress and anxiety.

Ask your child to lie on their back and to close their eyes.

Hold the bottle to their chest.

Tell them to inhale through their nose and exhale through their mouth. Focus on the bottle moving upwards and downwards.

Repeat the exercise 5 or 10 times until your child feels relaxed.  Practise this during calm and upset moments.


Materials required:

  1. Watercolour paint

  2. Paint brush

  3. Jar of water

  4. Hand towel, to dry the brush and to clean painted fingers

  5. Pipe cleaner

  6. Stars or other stickers

  7. Cheap, thin, white fabric

  8. 1l clear plastic bottle (you can ask a local restaurant to collect these for you)

  9. Foam sheets (2 or more colours)

  10. Scissors

  11. Brightly coloured tape

  12. 10 brightly coloured paper clips

  13. Glitter-glue or glitter

step by step

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here.


Watch the glitter move; it’s mesmerizing!