Baby And Toddler Pal Play Ideas: Sensory Glo Bottles

GLO PALS ARE A GREAT SENSORY TOOL FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP LITTLE ONES SAFE FROM POTENTIAL HAZARDS (HENCE WE RECOMMEND THAT THE PALS ARE FOR 3+ YRS OLD). THAT’S WHY WE ARE SHARING SOME GREAT WAYS FOR YOUNGER KIDS TO PLAY WITH THE PALS IN ENCLOSED AND CONTAINED WAYS. FIRST UP WE SHARED OUR GLO BLOCKS WITH YOU, AND NOW WE ARE SHARING HOW TO MAKE GLO SENSORY BOTTLES FOR YOUR LITTLES.

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SENSORY BOTTLES ARE INCREDIBLY EASY TO MAKE! ALL YOU NEED IS EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLES (WE GOT THESE ONES FROM MICHAEL’S, BUT YOU CAN ALSO USE VOSS WATER BOTTLES!), APPROX. 1/2 CUP CLEAR DISH OR HAND SOAP, WATER AND THEN SOME FUN FILLERS. OH AND OF COURSE YOUR FAVORITE PALS! YOU CAN ADD MORE DISH SOAP TO MAKE THE CONTENTS OF THE BOTTLE FLOW SLOWER, OR LESS TO MAKE THEM FLOW FASTER.

SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF SENSORY BOTTLES FOR YOUNGER KIDS I HEAR YOU ASK? THEY ARE THE PERFECT WAY TO EXPOSE YOUNGER KIDS TO SENSORY MATERIALS SUCH AS WATER, LIGHT, GLITTER AND SEQUINS, MINUS THE WORRY OF SMALL PARTS being a choking hazard AND of course the risk of MESS!

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HAVING THE CONTENTS SECURELY STORED INSIDE THE BOTTLE MEANS THAT YOU CAN ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO BE HANDS ON WITH THE MATERIALS. OUR LITTLE PAL TESTER LOVED PICKING UP THE BOTTLES, SHAKING THEM, TURNING THEM over AND OF COURSE POINTING OUT ALL OF THE EXCITING CONTENTS. SHE WAS MESMERIZED WATCHING THE GLITTER AND SEQUINS SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH THE BOTTLE.

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ENCOURAGING YOUR BABY OR TODDLER TO HANDLE THE BOTTLE IS A FANTASTIC WAY TO STRENGTHEN BOTH THEIR GROSS AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS. THEIR LITTLE MUSCLES ARE HAVING TO WORK HARD TO MANIPULATE THE BOTTLE AS THEY SEARCH FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT MATERIALS INSIDE. OUR LITTLE TESTER EVEN DECIDED TO TRY AND STACK THE BOTTLES ON TOP OF EACH OTHER!

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THE GLO PALS ADD SUCH A FUN EXTRA ELEMENT TO THESE SENSORY BOTTLES BECAUSE THEY MAKE THEM GLOW WITH VIBRANT COLORS. WE CHOSE TO USE SAMMY, ALEX AND BLAIR SO THAT WE COULD TEACH OUR LITTLE TODDLER ABOUT PRIMARY COLORS. USING PLAY BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IS A POWERFUL WAY TO HELP YOUR BABIES AND TODDLERS OBTAIN INFORMATION, BUT IN A TOTALLY FUN WAY! SIMPLE QUESTIONS LIKE ‘CAN YOU TOUCH THE RED AND BLUE BOTTLES’, AND ‘WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR BOTTLE’ ARE GREAT LEARNING PROMPTS.

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Lucy Baker