Science Discovery Bottles- THE BIG LIST!!!!

Discovery Bottle
These are just a few different kinds of Sensory bottle ideas make your own variations.

Make sure to ALWAYS seal your bottles securely! I cannot emphasize this enough. Unless you want your bottle opened and the contents poured out. SEAL IT… with glue. Duct tape can be peeled off by a determined kiddo. Glue is much harder for them to open up.
I also only use Gatorade and G2 bottles. They have a thicker plastic and withstand being played with often. I have some in my class that are several years old and get played with daily!

Layered Density Discovery Bottle

Color Hunt Discovery Bottle

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Color Mixing Gel Discovery Bottle

Tinsel Swirl Discovery Bottle
Waterbead Discovery Bottle

Rainbow Discovery Bottle

Color Mixing Bottle

Rubber Band and Marble Bottle
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Alphabet Discovery Bottle- 2 ways

Sink or Float Discovery Bottle

Calming Glitter Discovery Bottle
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Rain Discovery Bottle

Color Swirl Discovery Bottle
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Perler Bead Magic Discovery Bottle

Wet vs Dry Discovery Bottles

Magnet Discovery Bottles- 3 Different Kinds

Beach Discovery Bottle

Ocean Wave Discovery Bottle

Mud Discovery Bottle

Bubble Discovery Bottle

Sound Discovery Bottle

Estimate Discovery Bottle

Density Discovery Bottle

Sparkle Discovery Bottle

Static Electricity Discovery Bottle- 2 Different Ways

Theme Discovery Bottle

Weather Discovery Bottle

Oil and Water Colors Discovery Bottle

Googly Eyes Discovery Bottle
Seasonal Discovery Bottle

Hidden Objects Discovery Bottle

Graduate Discovery Bottle

Dice Discovery Bottle

Potpourri Discovery Bottle

Rust Discovery Bottle

Shampoo and Oil Bottle

Glow in the Dark Discovery Bottle

Specimen in a Discovery Bottle

Jellyfish in a Discovery Bottle

Cartesian Diver Discovery Bottle

Properties of Blood Discovery Bottle

Tornado with a Twist Discovery Bottle

Glow Jars

Sound Jars

Smell Jars

While here don;t forget to check out My Ultimate Sensory Bag List there are over 40 Different Kinds!!!
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  1. Wow! There are so many great things here, I don’t know where to start! Thank you so much for linking up. I will be referring back to this page often!

  2. Some wonderful ideas thankyou am def going to do the glow in the dark bottle. Will be great for when we are making dens!

  3. What great ideas! I pinned this post and now I need to start buying G2!

  4. Wow! What an awesome post! Great resource!

  5. Wow, so many great ideas. I love them all! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  6. I can’t believe I never thought to use gatorade bottles! Genius!

  7. I think you have a wonderful list of bottles. I wanted to ask about the swirling shaving cream bottle though. Is it a one time activity or can it be reapeated several times with the same bottle?

    • debra92691 says:

      Yes! It just keeps on going it never completely combines it always separates so you just swirl it about a bit to see the cool swirling effect over and over again!

  8. What a bunch of wonderful ideas! These would be so fun for a playgroup! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Wow!! There are so many fabulous ideas in this post!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  10. Sylvie From Badaboom Daycare says:

    Thank youuuuuuuu!! First time visiting but won’t be the last! Discovered this page thru Pinterest. I have a home daycare and am always in a quest to find new science projects that are safe for my 2 year old to do. These are definitively on our To-Do list!!

  11. Wow! What a fabulous set of sensory bottle ideas! I’m pinning this too! I’m so glad you shared it on Teach Me Tuesday!!

  12. Wow, so many wonderful ideas for discovery bottles!

  13. Can’t help but follow your blog: you have so many wonderfully creative posts! 🙂

  14. Deebi27 says:

    Holy Smoke…I don’t think I have ever seen such an exstensive list of anything. My goodness Thank You for a never ending list of sensory bottles! Now all I need to do is garner up a few cases of Gatorade!!!

  15. Christine Black says:

    What great ideas! I can’t wait to make these. I only suggest to be more specific with the amount of ingredients. For example….for the Alphabet bottle how much corn syrup…etc?

    Thanks again!


  16. Love looking at the bottle..going to use some in thearpy…thanks so much

  17. What a wonderful list of discovery bottles! I will be using some of them for sure. Have a wonderful week!


  18. Love these! What kind of stand did you use to store your sensory bottles on??

  19. That a fantastic collection of discovery bottles! I’m pinning them if you don’t mind.

  20. I desperately want to make the color mixing bottle for my son. I’m trying to do the second method, but the powdered tempera just won’t mix in with the oil. It always separates out, and then mixes with the water if I add it. What am I missing?

    • debra92691 says:

      I am sorry I am not sure it worked with mine. Ummm, try the first method? I don’t have any other ideas.

  21. Thanks for the ideas! I use a lot of these recently to make my son a set. I found some perfect bottles when I bought my son some milk at a fast food place. The bottles are small, clear, don’t have ridges or bumps on the sides, and are a thicker plastic. (Wendy’s, DQ, and Arby’s had them but McDonalds didn’t).
    I thought the shaving cream one didn’t work-it was just foamy, but I’d already sealed it so I put it in with the rest. A few days later I looked at it again, and the shaving cream had dissolved more and made the nice pearly swirls you described. 🙂 Patience is the key on that one!

  22. We many simple density columns with my 2-4 year olds. They used just vegetable oil and colored water and then added rocks, coins, google eyes, and foam pieces and predicted what would happen. The really cool detail, though – standard pony beads have a density right between water and canola oil, so they sat just at that interface. It was really neat to watch the beads find their place, though the kids of course did not understand how fortuitous it is to find something with such a precise density.

  23. I am a pre-kindergarten teacher and I make sensory bottles for my class. I like to use Sobe Life Water bottles. I found that they are very substantial and withstand the abuse of 14, four year olds. I tried the shaving cream bottle and holy cow, it’s awesome. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful sensory bottle ideas. I look forward to trying the rain bottle next

  24. Thank you so much for sharing these awesome bottle ideas. I’m in the process of producing several right now for our preschool!

  25. i love the glow in the dark the best

  26. You have put your heart into this magical sensory creation and my preschool will engage with these ideas for a long time. I will add a container filled with bottles and small objects that they can make as well. Our preschool used long tubes from Tap Plastics with caps that you can seal . The long tube shapes make exploration even more fun and the objects can be bigger. thanks so much for sharing this!

  27. Heather says:

    What are some specific activity/lessons you do with the bottles? Or are they mostly “discovery”? Any guidelines/rules you use in your classroom?

    • I tie them into monthly themes i.e. ocean, weather, color, sight words, numbers, counting, alphabet, spelling etc. They are easy to customize to any theme you might be working on so you just have to be creative I also have them in the science area at all times and generally switch them out weekly to biweekly to keep the kids interested in Discovering

  28. How do you best suggest using these bottles? They are amazing and I’m using them immediately!

  29. I am looking to make some of these for my library as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read science summer theme. Thank you for the great list to help get me started and thinking!

  30. debra92691 says:

    I have noticed if you use the more expensive food colorings it does not effect the color of the oil. What is changing is any lipid or fat in the food coloring will bind to the oil which turns it cloudy. so make sure your food coloring is water based.


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