How to Make an Easy Winter Sensory Bottle

This winter sensory bottle is perfect for the Frozen 2 fan in your life. A winter sensory bottle is an ideal way to calm an overstimulated child.

What is a Sensory Bottle?

Sensory play helps with brain development and emotional and cognitive growth in young children. Sensory bottles are a great way to incorporate this type of healthy play into your child’s life.

Long sealable water bottles with rounded edges make the best sensory bottle containers. 

By filling the bottle with water or glue and adding sparkly elements and objects, sensory bottles are an easy craft to do for kids or if you’re feeling adventurous, with them.

Small items like beads, pom poms, sequins or mini erasers work well. 

How to Make an Easy Winter Sensory Bottle 

I like to take a minimalist approach to things, especially when it comes to kids’ crafts. What I love about this easy winter sensory bottle is that you don’t need thirty items to create it.

Just a few elements and it comes together quickly and looks simple and elegant. Sometimes less truly is more when crafting.


Materials Needed for Sensory Winter Bottle 

1 (16 oz.) plastic storage/sensory bottle (available at Michaels or similar but smaller here: 

2 to 3 (6 ounce) bottles Elmer’s Glue in clear  

About 1 cup of warm water

About 1 tablespoon glitter or confetti (if desired)

Toys (if desired)

For this project, we used:

Instructions to make Sensory Bottles 

Empty one bottle of glue into the bottle. 

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.

If you are adding glitter or toys, add part of the glitter and toys into the glue mixture.

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 to quickly, add additional glue. Continuing adding in layers with the glitter and toys until you achieve your desired effect.

When the contents of the bottle move according to your preference, seal the bottle and glue the lid closed to avoid spills.

If desired, cover the lid with duct tape or additional decorations.


Sensory bottles or calm down jars work well when you need to redirect a child. They’re also easy and fun to make as a DIY craft with kids. Preparing the items ahead of time on a tray to allow for fine-motor skills practice.  

Kids will enjoy making these DIY Winter Sensory Bottles for themselves or to give as a gift to a younger sibling, friend or relative. 

This winter-themed calm down jars would be a great addition to a fun Frozen 2 themed birthday party. Elsa and Anna fans will enjoy making these winter sensory bottles as a fun party activity. They also make a cute party favor. 

Consider these Frozen 2 printable coloring pages and activities paired with these Princess Anna Mickey Ears cupcakes for a Disney party that is sure to please! 




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