The Education Department at the Yale Center for British Art has a “sensory box” full of stimulating objects for visitors on the spectrum to have access to when they are visiting the museum. This sensory box often helps participants in our Exploring Artism program to relax when dealing with certain situations. We have recently discovered an easy-to-make Sensory Bottle that creates a glittering landscape for a child to focus on when their environment is getting to be too much to handle. Here’s how you can make one.
First, you will need:
-An empty water bottle with the labels removed
-clear gel glue (Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue works well)
-Ultra Fine Glitter (in your child’s favorite color)
Once you have all of your items, fill the water bottle 3/4 full of hot water; the hot water is necessary to help melt the glue. Then add in an entire tube of glitter and an entire small bottle of clear gel glue. You can play around with how much glue you put in your sensory bottle; the more glue there is, the longer it takes the glitter to settle. The more water there is, the faster it will settle. Mix the glue, glitter and water together until you feel your Sensory Bottle is complete. Finally, superglue the cap to the bottle so that no curious children will make a mess.