Pirate Sensory Bottle

Last Updated on December 27, 2020 by ellen

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If you’re wondering how to create a sunken treasure discovery bottle, check out this pirate sensory bottle. Make one today for the kids.

Becoming a pirate can be a fun daydream for many kids. And, if you have a child that loves pirates, you should check out The Great Pirate Rescue.

If you're wondering how to create a sunken treasure discovery bottle, check out this pirate sensory bottle. Make one today for the kids.

Pirate Sensory Bottle

If you’re looking for pirate activities for preschool, a sensory bottle is a fun craft and activity. They are relatively simple to make. And, your toddler can easily help you.

Once you have made the bottle, it will provide your child with hours of fun as they search for hidden treasures inside the swirling water.

What is a sensory bottle?

A sensory bottle or calm bottle is a bottle that contains things like glitter, water, or sand that entertain children by watching them move.

This slow movement helps to calm children down and keep them busy. They are frequently used with children as a way to help them drift off to sleep or to keep them entertained quietly.

If you're wondering how to create a sunken treasure discovery bottle, check out this pirate sensory bottle. Make one today for the kids.

Materials needed

You will need a few simple things to make this pirate sensory bottle.

  • About 1 cup of warm water

close up view of a pirate sensory bottle

What goes in a sensory bottle?

Because this is a pirate sensory bottle, I’ve tried to stick to things that have to do with pirates’ gold and treasure. The aquarium gems could be real gemstones. And, the gold sequins could be pieces of eight or Spanish doubloons. Gold glitter would look fun as well.

You will also need to add some sort of liquid. Some people use corn syrup. This DIY sensory bottle uses clear Elmer’s glue and water. 

If you want to make this a pirate science experiment, you can always add oil and water to turn it into a discussion about why they don’t mix.

What can I use instead of a sensory bottle?

It’s important that your pirate sensory bottle be sealed tightly so it doesn’t open up. And, it’s important that it won’t break. 

For that reason, they make special bottles that are intended just for that reason.

But, if you don’t have one on hand, some people use plastic soda bottles. It’s vital that you make sure to glue the lid shut so that it doesn’t open. 

If you’d rather not make your own, there are several different sensory kits at Walmart you can buy.

More calm bottle ideas

step by step how to make a sensory bottle

How to make a pirate sensory bottle

  1. Empty one bottle of glue into the bottle.
  2. Fill the empty glue bottle about half full with warm water (about ¼ cup) and seal with the lid. Shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into jar with glue and shake or stir to combine.
  3. If you are adding glitter or toys, add part of the glitter and toys into the glue mixture.
  4. Seal the jar and shake well. If the glitter or confetti does not move easily, add more warm water. If the glitter or confetti moves too quickly, add additional glue. Continue adding in layers with the glitter and toys until you achieve your desired effect.
  5. When the contents of the bottle move according to your preference, seal the bottle and glue the lid closed to avoid spills.
  6. If desired, cover the lid with duct tape or additional decorations.
Yield: 1

Pirate Sensory Bottle

If you're wondering how to create a sunken treasure discovery bottle, check out this pirate sensory bottle. Make one today for the kids.

If you're wondering how to create a sunken treasure discovery bottle, check out this pirate sensory bottle. Make one today for the kids.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • 1 (16 ounces) plastic storage/sensory bottle
  • 2 to 3 (6 ounce) bottles Elmer’s Glue in clear
  • About 1 cup of warm water
  • About 1 tablespoon gold sequins
  • Aquarium gems

Tools

  • none

Instructions

  1. Empty one bottle of glue into the bottle.
  2. Fill the empty glue bottle about half full with warm water (about ¼ cup) and seal with the lid. Shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into jar with glue and shake or stir to combine.
  3. If you are adding glitter or toys, add part of the glitter and toys into the glue mixture.
  4. Seal the jar and shake well. If the glitter or confetti does not move easily, add more warm water. If the glitter or confetti moves too quickly, add additional glue. Continue adding in layers with the glitter and toys until you achieve your desired effect.
  5. When the contents of the bottle move according to your preference, seal the bottle and glue the lid closed to avoid spills.
  6. If desired, cover the lid with duct tape or additional decorations.

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