With my pre-k class, they are used for observing and comparing/contrasting. They are available in the science center for students to use and it's a great way for students to work on verbal skills and vocabulary when they are describing what they see and hear. Plus they can explore the bottles by moving them all around, shaking them, putting them upside down, seeing if they are magnetic, etc. I also like to ask students to describe what they think the items would feel like if they could touch them based on what they see and hear.
With the first grade class they are getting multiple uses. They were first used during the magnetic unit when we made predictions as to whether the sensory bottles would attract (vocabulary word!) magnets. Then students had the opportunity to explore the bottles using magnets to see if they were attracted. The sensory bottles will also be used for writing activities for students to write about what they observe in the bottles and to make charts comparing/contrasting different bottles.
|buttons (some are magnetic which made for a fun discussion about this bottle) and pom poms|
|feathers and beads|
|paperclips and pipe cleaners (both are magnetic)|
Next set of sensory bottles that I'm working on: fall theme to go along with my month long fall/apples/pumpkins unit with my pre-k class.
Have you made sensory bottles before? What did you put in them (I'm always looking for new ideas)?