Discovery bottles also known as sensory bottles are well-loved in my classroom. We made one with the fall table scatter, and it is irresistible. See what I mean.
We held them up to our windows, and it was even more magnificent.
There are pumpkins, red leaves, brown leaves, and yellow acorns. These were all from Target, but they are also sold at craft stores and select dollar stores. I would definitely call around first before going on a goose hunt finding them. If you can’t get them at a store, Amazon also has some to choose from (but not quite as affordable). This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
You might have noticed that we use this with a mirror. It’s one of the ways that we reflect light through play. These would work great with a light table too, but mirrors are perfect if you don’t have one or if you already have a lot of natural light in the room like we do.
Here is how we made our fall sensory bottle. You’ll need these ingredients:
A clean, empty water bottle. I recommend one that is sturdy with a wide lid such as VOSS
since this is extra heavy for a sensory bottle. However, any bottle would work.
Clear(ish) colored corn syrup or glycerine
Table Scatter also known as acrylics or gems.
Hot Water (optional, or just a teeny, tiny bit).
Super glue or hot glue to secure the lid.
First, put the table scatter into the bottle. Next, add the corn syrup or glycerine. I put in a slight amount of water, but I think the flow would have been slower if I had used only corn syrup. So that’s up to you whether or not you want to use water. The ratio I used for my own bottle was about 95% corn syrup and 5% water. It took about 5 seconds to go from one end to the other. Once your bottle is the way you like it, it’s time to glue the lid on.
Initially, your bottle will look “streaky” as the corn syrup settles. It can take a few hours to fully blend. I personally like the streaky swirls in the meantime!
These are so fun to watch for kiddos and adults! They are perfect for any age group, from babies on up. Just be sure go glue the lid on! You don’t want that sticky mess on the floor.
If you need ideas of what to do with the rest of your awesome table scatter, here is how we use them in math activities.
To see more great fall ideas, feel free to look through my fall pinterest board.
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