Whenever I need to clear my mind, or have a moment of quiet, I always step outside for a few minutes! There is something so soothing about nature. The sounds of the birds chirping, the feeling of the sunshine on my face, and the smell of the fresh air, all do wonders for me! In fall, watching the leaves cascade down from the trees is another part of nature that I find so calming! This Homemade Fall Sensory Bottles for Preschool is a wonderful toddler activity that will capture the relaxing spirit of the fall season in a bottle!

Sensory bottles are so fun and easy to make! Your little ones will love helping to create this fall themed bottle!

Fall Theme Sensory Bottle For Kids

Recommended Grade Level:

Fall Theme Sensory Bottle Supplies:

  • Clear Plastic Bottle
  • Clear Liquid Glue
  • Confetti Leaves
  • Water

What Is A Sensory Bottle?

A sensory bottle, also known as a discovery bottle, is a clear container filled with liquid and other small objects.

As little hands shake, spin, and turn the bottle, all of the contents swirl around to create a mesmerizing, calming effect!

If you have a child who is upset or inconsolable, sometimes a a sensory bottle can help to calm their emotions as they focus on the slow and steady movement of the objects!

Closeup of a fall themed sensory bottle.

Sensory bottles, bags, and bins are great for sensory play activities because they stimulate multiple senses and promote brain development!

While sensory bins do make for wonderful learning activities, bottles are sometimes more appropriate for younger children since they are less messy and they are unable to put the tiny objects in their mouths since they are encapsulated in a bottle.

How To Make This Fall Leaves Sensory Bottle:

Picture of all the supplies for a fall sensory bottle.


Start with your clear, empty sensory bottle. Pour the entire bottle of clear glue into it.

Add the confetti leaves. This is a good job for your little one, as the picking up of small pieces of confetti is great for fine motor skills!

Close up of the leaf confetti at the bottom of a fall themed sensory bottle.

Fill the remainder of the bottle up with water.

If you wish to seal the bottle (which I recommend!), use tape or hot glue to secure the lid.

Shake the bottle until the contents all move about freely!

Close up of the open top of a fall sensory bottle.

More Fall Sensory Activities For Preschoolers:

Sensory play is great for brain development, sparking little ones curiosity, and getting little ones interested in the world around them! Sensory activities don’t have to be super complicated and only require a few simple materials!

Here are more fall sensory play ideas!

  • Gather some fall sensory items from outside and put them into a brown paper bag (leaves, sticks, flowers, acorns, stones). Have your little one reach in the bag without looking and describe the textures they feel!
  • Scooping seeds out of a pumpkin can be a great sensory experience! After you clean off the seeds, you can use them for a math counting or addition activity!
  • Create a counting pumpkins or colors of fall sensory bin!

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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