Snow globes are one of my children’s favorite winter decorations. They love watching the snow swirl around inside the container and create a winter wonderland in their hands! Another thing they love about winter is snowmen. So, you can imagine their delight when I let them create a sensory bottle that is basically a snow globe inside of a snowman! This Snowman Sensory Bottle DIY for Preschoolers is an easy, inexpensive way to provide your child with hours of sensory play fun!

– Life Over C's Easy Snowman Sensory Bottles Kid's Craft

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Snowman Sensory Bottle Supplies:

  • Paint pens (black, orange)
  • Glitter
  • White Pom Poms
  • Baby oil
  • Water
  • Clear Plastic Bottle
  • Plaid Fabric
  • Hot Glue

There are plenty of sensory play toys out there that you can purchase, but I think it is more fun (and budget friendly!) to create them at home!

What is Sensory Play?

Sensory play is any activity that helps to stimulate the senses!

Benefits of Sensory Play:

  • Sensory play helps with brain development and has been shown to build nerve connections!
  • When children are participating in sensory play, their language skills are enhanced!
  • Sensory play activities strengthen fine motor skills and help improve hand eye coordination.
  • Sensory activities can be a great way for kids to relax and relieve stress.
– Life Over C's Overhead view of the finished snowman sensory bottle.

How Can I Incorporate More Sensory Play?

Playing musical instruments, doing crafts, and playing with play dough or slime are all great opportunities for sensory play!

Sensory bins and sensory bottles (also known as discovery bottles and calm down bottles) are two other awesome ways to offer sensory play experiences!

DIY sensory bins and bottles are super easy to make and require just a few simple, inexpensive materials!

Sensory bins are containers that have a variety of different textured objects for children to play with. Sand, water beads, rice, dirt, and even popcorn can all make great fillers for sensory bins!

Sensory bottles are not quite as messy as sensory bins, and still offer wonderful benefits! Bottles are perfect for little hands to hold and squeeze!

To create a sensory bottle you need a bottle, liquid, and filler.

The liquid needs to be a combination of water and a thicker liquid such as glue (clear or glitter bottles work well!), corn syrup, hair gel, or baby oil. Fillers for your bottle can be any craft materials, beads, glitter, or other small objects.

Simply fill your bottle with the filler and liquid, seal it, and you have an easy DIY sensory activity that your kids will love!

How To Make A Snowman Sensory Bottles:


First you will want to create the face on the plastic bottle for your sensory bottle snowman.

– Life Over C's The supplies for the Snowman Sensory Bottles DIY laid out on a table.

Use the black paint pen to draw the eyes, mouth, and buttons. Use the orange pen to draw a carrot nose.

Fill the bottom of the bottle with glitter and pom poms.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of the ingredients added into the snowman sensory bottle.

Fill the bottle half way with baby oil and top the other half off with water.

Use hot glue to secure the lid on the top of the bottle.

– Life Over C's Up close picture of the snowman sensory bottle filled with glitter, water and oil.

Secure the plaid fabric for the scarf around the snowman’s neck using glue.

Gently shake your bottle back and forth to mix the contents. Don’t worry if the glitter settles, just shake it up again!

– Life Over C's A child's hand holding the snowman sensory bottles DIY.

More Easy Sensory Bottle Ideas:

  • Add alphabet letters into a sensory bottle for a fun literacy activity!
  • Create an animal themed sensory bottle like this adorable turtle one!
  • Use glitter glue and water as the base for your sensory bottle.
  • Try adding different fillers such as water beads, sequin, plastic beads, or legos!
  • Make your sensory bottle glow in the dark using glow in the dark glue or glitter!
  • Create a fun calm down jar like this snowman themed one!
  • Try this glitter sensory bottle DIY activity for New Year’s Eve!

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– Life Over C's Easy Snowman Sensory Bottles Kid's Craft

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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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