How to Make an Outer Space Sensory Bottle

Let’s Explore Outer Space!

Today for Women’s History Month we are honoring Caroline Herschel. She was a German astronomer who discovered several comets. She was actually the first woman to ever to be recognized in a science based field and the first woman to ever discover a comet! So for today’s activity, one of our Occupational Therapists is going to show you how to make an outer space themed calm down sensory bottle to work on emotional regulation skills.


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Benefits of Sensory Bottles:

Sensory bottles are a great tool for children with sensory processing differences or children who need assistance with regulating their emotions. These bottles can be used as calm down tool when children feel elevated. When children are able to take a moment and focus on the bottle, it helps them come back down from a heightened state. They are able to focus on their breathing and regulate their body. Sensory bottles also provide children with explorative sensory play which is necessary for development.



  • Empty water bottle
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter/beads (optional)



  1. Pour ¾ cup of water into empty water bottle. Warm water is preferred but not necessary.
  2. Put in 3 drops of food coloring. (optional)
  3. Pour in glitter, beads, etc. (optional)
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with clear liquid soap. Try to get as close to the top as possible. The bottle will work better with less air and bubbles.
  5. Secure lid tightly and enjoy!
  6. For extra security, hot glue the lid to the top.


Additional Emotional Regulation Tools:

120 Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids

Starfish Breathing 



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