Do your little ones love the Minions? If so, our sensory bottle for Day 6 is going to be a huge hit! This Minion Sensory Bottle is our daughter’s favorite sensory bottle (thus far)!
Over the past year, she has been introduced to Bob, Kevin, Stuart (and the whole gang), and just like many kiddos (and adults) I know, she was an instant fan. 🙂 Bob happens to be her favorite Minion, but when our Minion bottle was complete, we both thought he looked a little more like Kevin.
I stumbled upon this awesome sensory bottle idea over on Little Bins for Little Hands (http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/minion-sensory-bottle-with-loom-bands/). While they used yellow loom bands in their bottle, I could not find any loom bands at our local craft store (perhaps I wasn’t looking in the right place). What I did find was a little bag of yellow Perler Beads, and they worked perfectly!
Minion Sensory Bottle
- Plastic Bottle with Wide-Mouth (I love using Voss water bottles)
- Clear Hair Gel
- Hot Water (hottest water from your tap)
- Yellow Perler Beads
- Blue Tape (I used painter’s tape)
- Black Tape (I used electrical tape)
- Googly Eyes
- Silver/Light Gray Paper
- Navy Marker
- Empty the plastic bottle (if it contained a non-water beverage, rinse out the bottle). Remove all labels from the bottle. If you have a hard time getting the sticky residue off, Goo Gone works wonders. I find that if I take my time and peel slowly, I can get the Voss labels off without any fuss.
- Fill the bottom 1/3 of the bottle with clear hair gel. Pour in a hefty amount of the yellow beads.
- Next, add the hot water. Do not fill the bottle all the way up, at this point in time. Give yourself a decent amount of space to assess whether you want to add more hair gel (to make things move slower), more beads, or more water (to make things flow faster).
- Cap the bottle and shake vigorously, until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Take a minute to watch how the bottle behaves, before deciding how to fill the remainder of the bottle.
- Fill the last bit of the bottle with your ingredient of choice (I typically like to fill my bottles to the brim). Cap it and give it another vigorous shake. *Note: When I was finished with this bottle, it was likely close to 50% hair gel, and 50% water.
- If you’re happy with the results, let the bottle sit (uncapped) until the contents reach room temperature. Then, add a dab of hot glue around the inside of the cap, and quickly seal the bottle (you don’t want your child unscrewing a bottle full of hair gel and beads, inside your house). 🙂
- Now, it’s time to decorate the exterior of the bottle. Toward the bottom of the bottle, wrap two bands of blue tape around the bottle, pressing firmly.
- Toward the top of the bottle (about an inch or two down from the cap) wrap one band of black tape around the bottle, pressing firmly.
- Cut two small circles (slightly larger than your googly eyes) from the silver paper, and glue them onto the black tape. Once dry, glue one googly eye into the middle of each of the silver circles.
- Then you can cut a few small strips of the blue tape (to create the overall straps), and one skinny semi-circle out of the black tape (for the Minion’s mouth).
- For the finishing touch, take your navy marker and draw on some overall buttons, and the overall’s front pouch pocket!
What I love about this Minion Sensory Bottle (aside from the fact that it’s super cute) is how slow-moving it is (thanks to the hair gel), and the fact that the beads are suspended in the bottle for quite some time (before they all float to the top).
I also enjoy watching my little nugget walk around with the bottle, making all sorts of obscure Minion noises. 🙂
So…have some fun with this one! Get creative with your kiddos, and bring your favorite Minions to life! I will see you back here tomorrow, with a brand new sensory bottle!