HALLOWEEN Pumpkin Sensory Bottle with Glitter Glue
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Halloween Sensory Bottles (Ghost, Vampire & Pumpkin): Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

3 Halloween Sensory Bottles that will make fun Halloween crafts for kids

Halloween Sensory Bottles are such a brilliant idea that I’m still puzzled that I haven’t considered them before.

Just think about it:

  • a super fun family craft activity
  • scarily cute Halloween decorations
  • a calming tool to help a kid’s self-regulation.

Could you ask for a better all-in-one Halloween item? Enjoy a fun family activity, decorate your home, and, when you need all that excitement of the day to go down, you can use your bottles as a calming tool.

In case you are new to sensory jars or bottles, they are containers (e.g. bottles or jars) filled with either:

  • liquid solutions  where different materials can float and flow creating a visually soothing and pleasant experience, or
  • dry ingredients where contents create a nice visual experience or an auditory input (similar to a rattle).

The sensory inputs are great for toddlers that are exploring the world around them, and they are also used as calming tools for kids (or adults!) with anxiety or autism. 

Ready to prepare your Halloween Sensory Bottles? (VIDEOS for these HALLOWEEN CRAFTS FOR KIDS coming soon)

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Halloween ? Ghost Sensory Bottle with Dry Ingredients

This recipe is the easiest I’ve done so far.

We are going to look for both visual and acoustic sensory experiences. The ghost bell and chains will mimic the way ghosts sound when they move around, and the rice we will use for the filling turns the bottle into a rattle.

Ingredients:

  • A white plastic bottle from your recycling bin
  • Wobbly eyes 
  • A bell 
  • Split rings (you may also use book rings)
  • Rice 
  • Black permanent marker
  • A rubber band (dark color)

How to make your Ghost Sensory Bottle with Dry Ingredients:

HOW TO MAKE A HALLOWEEN GHOST SENSORY BOTTLE

  1. Take a white bottle from the recycling bin.
  2. Fill it with rice, leaving just a small space so that the rice can move and the bottle sounds like a rattle
  3. Put the lid on the bottle
  4. Glue on a couple of wobbly eyes
  5. Draw dark circles around the eyes with a black permanent marker, to frame the eyes.
  6. Draw a black mouth for your ghost
  7. Join the split rings to form a chain
  8. Connect the bell to the end of the chain
  9. Connect the chain to the rubber band
  10. Put a rubber band around the bottle, well under the mouth
  11. Your Ghost Sensory Bottle is done!

Halloween ?‍♂️ Vampire Sensory Bottle with Glitter Glue

Let me say this from the beginning. I love this bottle, but my daughter has already pointed out to me that my bottle is a mix of bat and vampire. She has told me that I shouldn’t have put wings because then it is a bat. But I bought some gorgeous wings in the dollar store, and I just had to use them!

Ingredients

  • A plastic bottle
  • Warm tap water
  • Glitter glue ( I used blue glitter glue)
  • Fine and coarse glitter
  • Eyes stickers
  • White permanent marker
  • Wings! (if you free your creativity and don’t stick to the way a vampire should look)

How to make your Vampire Sensory Bottle

HOW TO MAKE A HALLOWEEN VAMPIRE SENSORY BOTTLE

We will start with our sensory bottle with glitter glue recipe:

  1. Take a plastic bottle from your recycling bin and fill two-thirds with warm water.
  2. Add glitter glue (in this case I’ve used blue glitter glue)
  3. Give it a good stir till it blends as much as possible.
  4. Add coarse and fine glitter – I added an assortment of colors (white, silver, blue, purple)
  5. Mix the contents with a spoon

And now, it is when the recipe changes a bit, as this time I’d like to morph my bottle into a vampire ?‍♂️

  1. Add black food coloring and mix again
  2. Refill the rest of the container with water and mix
  3. Glue the lid
  4. Add your eyes stickers (or paint them if you don’t have stickers. You’ll need to create a white background first)
  5. Draw with a white permanent marker your vampire fangs
  6. Add your bat wings! I’ve clipped them to the back with a rubber band. If you create your own wings you may also glue them to the back.
  7. Your Vampire Sensory Bottle is done!

Halloween ? Pumpkin Sensory Bottles with Glitter

For this Halloween craft, we will also start with the sensory jar glitter recipe. Check out the one from the craft above ?. The only difference will be the colors I’ve chosen, as per the ingredients below.

Ingredients

  • A plastic bottle
  • Warm tap water
  • Glitter glue ( I used pink glitter glue)
  • Fine and coarse glitter (I chose an assortment of autumn colors: gold, orange, yellow, and also green and silver)
  • Eyes and mouth stickers
  • Orange pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)
  • A rubber band

How to make your Pumpkin Sensory Bottle

HOW TO MAKE A HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN SENSORY BOTTLE

Follow steps 1 to 5 from our previous Halloween Vampire craft, but using our Pumpkin bottle ingredients.

I’ve used pink glitter glue just because I already had it at home from previous craft activities. If you are buying glitter glue for this recipe you may buy any color that you feel may work for this craft).

Now, we will turn this kid’s craft into a Halloween pumpkin: 

  1. Add orange food coloring and mix again
  2. Refill the rest of the container with water and mix
  3. Glue the lid
  4. Add your eyes and mouth stickers (or paint them if you don’t have stickers)
  5. Use a rubber band to hold the orange pipe cleaner around the bottleneck
  6. Shape the pipe cleaner as arms
  7. Your Pumpkin Sensory Bottle is done!

 

I hope you enjoy your Halloween sensory bottles!

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