Sink or Float Sensory Bottles

sensory bottles

Oil & Water Sensory Bottles


  • Baby oil or Canola oil
  • water
  • large glass
  • water-based food coloring
  • oil-based food coloring for candy
  • bottles
sensory bottles


  1. Fill bottle up one-third of the way with water and add water-based food coloring until you reach your desired color. Add lid and shake
  2. If you chose to color the oil, pour the oil into a glass and slowly mix in the oil-based coloring. Mix a bit at a time until you reach your desired colour. Add oil to the bottle.  Tightly secure lid.   
sensory bottles

Discovery Sink or Float Bottles


  • Water
  • Sequins
  • buttons
  • sparkles
  • fun foam shapes
  • food coloring


  1. Add water to bottles with room to fill.
  2. Add any items you like. See list for inspiration, or choose your own!
  3. Add a couple of drops of food colouring if desired. 

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