Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sensory Play for 1 Year Old #1: Empty Bottles

This was unintentional - we were drinking yakult and Little Twinkle insists / whines to have the yakult bottles, so I decided to wash the empty yakult bottles and let her play with it.

And Little Twinkle managed to play with the empty yakult bottles for a good 40 minutes! Impressive! I didn't expect empty bottles can be so attractive to a 1 year old. And this will help us reduce some expenses on buying toys *ka-ching* :))))

let me test whether it's hot
see my finger skills!
let's see what lobster can do to it
I wonder what is the effect if I knock them together
let me try the taste...
how about blowing??
look mama, i can support with my mouth alone!

hmm...what else can i do??
mama, how about you try it out for me?
I continued to take photos when she wanted to pass me the empty bottles. So she stand up and walks towards me and camera. Oh oh... 

mama, help me with the bottles

After this intriguing (to her) play experience, I enthusiastically told our helper to keep different shapes and sizes of the clear bottles we used going forward. Since Little Twinkle is so interested with bottles at this stage, we will collect the bottles and rotate them for her to play with (and saves money from buying new toys! hahahah).We did the same thing 2 days ago and filled up an empty bottle with colourful peddles which Little Twinkle really likes much.

Just googled and realised there are many things that people used to fill into empty bottles for baby/toddler to play with!  This is so cool! Such discovery bottle toys can easily be recycled from materials around the house which is cheap and easy to make!

Some DIY sensory discovery bottles inspirations:
1. Water with brightly coloured Hama beads - for noise, color and movement
Credit: fun-a-day.com
Beads with water. Credit: The Imagination Tree
2. Ripped pieces of tin foil - for gentle, slow movement and reflection of light
Tin foil. Credit: The Imagination Tree

3. Colored water mixed with 1cm of vegetable/baby oil - for mixing and separation of liquids
Colored water with baby oil. Credit: Modern Parents Messy Kids 
Colored waters with oil. Credit: Play-trains.com
4. Brightly colored bottles - for visual interest

Credit: familylicious.com
Credit: familylicious.com

Coloured bottles - for visual interest. Credit: Plain Vanilla Mom
5. Blue water and a variety of sea shells - for gentle sounds and interesting objects to examine
Credit: fun-a-day.com
Credit: bhoomplay.wordpress.com
Blue water with sea shells. Credit: childhood101.com
6. Water, plastic crystals and a large amount of silver glitter - for noise and beautiful movement 
Credit: thebestjobintheworld-mummyhughesy.blogspot.com.au
Credit: artsyants.com
Glitter with water. Credit: modernparentsmessykids.com
7. Colored water with a large squirt of dish soap - for shaking and creating bubbles
Credit: play-trains.com
Credit: familylicious.com
8. Mixture of poms poms in various colours and sizes - for visual stimulation and early maths concepts
poms poms. credit: pinkpistachio.com
9. Colored shaped buttons - for fabulous noise and exciting colors.
Credit: innerchildfun.com
10. Multi-coloured dry rice or pasta - for fabulous shaky noise

Credit: messforless.net
Credit: organicaspirations.blogspot.sg

11. Coloured water with alka seltzer - for visual stimulation and beautiful movement
Credit: jugglingwithkids.com
11. Animal toy and shredded paper - lots of shaking for animal to appear
Credit: pre-schoolplay.blogspot.sg

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