Discovery Bottles – Sounds

I made these sensory bottles when Sophie was a baby. They are really simple to make and support their development really well. We still have them over a year later. They live in Sophie’s musical instruments basket and she still uses them now.

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What you need:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Objects to put inside e.g. straws, cake decorating sprinkles.
  • Old bottle cut to make a funnel
  • Scissors

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1. Take the label off the bottles and wash them out.

2. Fill the bottle with the objects you have chosen.

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Top tip if you are going to use straws – Put a funnel into the bottle and cut the straws directly into the funnel.Β 

 

3. Put the lid on securely. You may wish to glue the lid back on.

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4. Shake and play!

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I used them during tummy time to give Sophie something to try to reach out and grab.

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I also held them above Sophie’s head and moved them slowly across to encourage her to track them with her eyes.

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She tried to hold onto them but couldn’t quite shake them herself. It was interesting to watch her develop her grasp.

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This activity is good for:

  • Listening and Attention – getting babies to listen to sounds
  • Moving and Handling – turning their heads in response to sights and sounds
  • making movements with arms and legs that gradually become more controlled
  • supporting themselves with their arms during tummy time
  • reaching out, touching and beginning to hold objects

Anna

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