This alphabet sensory bottle is the perfect way to work on the alphabet and have an awesome sensory bottle at the same time! It’s one of our many sensory bottles that you’ll love!
I am seriously addicted to mesmerizing sensory bottles. At one point, I had a calm down jar that I “tested out” for an entire week before I gave it to my class, so I am always thrilled for the next irresistible find.
The sensory bottle that I am showing to you today is one of my all-time favorites, and it has that nice slow and gentle flow to it. It’s the kind that I could just watch for hours. Now you all know why I’m a preschool teacher — I just want to stare at discovery bottles all day!
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Alphabet Sensory Bottle
Here’s our alphabet discovery bottle. I must say that the ABCs have never been so calming and relaxing!
It takes 15 to 20 seconds for the letters to go to the other side of the bottle, and I love the slow somersaults they do as they float upward. We love just flipping it over and over as it calms and soothes.
We love putting our sensory bottles on tables, near the library in a classroom, or somewhere at eye level.
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Materials for an Alphabet Sensory Bottle
A clean empty water bottle. I recommend one that is sturdy with a wide lid such as a VOSS water bottle, since this is extra heavy for a sensory bottle.
Hot Water (just a teeny, tiny bit)
I didn’t this time, but I really wish I’d used a 16.9 fl. oz. VOSS plastic water bottle. I write about where I find VOSS water bottles and what good substitute bottles are over on my post about How to Make a Perfect Sensory Bottle. But the quick answer is that now Amazon is about the best place to buy a VOSS water bottle because it’s hard to find them at stores, or the glass ones are available and the plastic ones aren’t. I just trust Amazon now.
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How to Make An Alphabet Discovery Bottle
First, put the letter beads into an empty and clean bottle. Next, add enough corn syrup so that it about 80-85% of the inside of the bottle. Add a very slight amount of hot water and shake. Then continue to add corn syrup and water until you get your desired flow.
It takes a minute or two for the corn syrup and water to blend, so swirl it around and help it flow. The ratio I used for my own bottle was about 95% corn syrup and 5% water.
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!
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Sensory bottles can be hit or miss for some children. I found that this particular letter sensory bottle was a huge hit in my class. Plus, my class is used to me making sensory bottles, so they absolutely adore them.
If you have a child who isn’t interested in it at first, don’t fret. They might just need some time to warm up to it. You could try reading alphabet books like Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom or pointing out the letters in their name. That’s the word that children are most interested in!
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I love the blend of literacy and science with sensory bottles because it is a great way to get children interested in the alphabet in a true hands-on activity.
For more alphabet fun, check out our printable alphabet posters and letter cards to help children work on literacy skills. Fun card game ideas are included! These alphabet posters are a perfect fit for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, or homeschool.
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