I love how sweet it is when little ones see an animal and ask if they can have it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we just saw something cute and could just easily pack it in our bags and take it home with us? This makes me think of the book “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy” by Mo Willems. Ahhhh, how wonderful it would be if this required no maintenance, cleaning, or feeding. To just look at it and smile and admire the cuteness.
Well, here’s a fun alternative to finding a sea creature for a pet. I love sensory bottles, so I’ll jump at an opportunity to add animals that actually fit! These ones I believe were bought at Michael’s in an ocean animal kit. Only the whales, sharks, and walruses could fit through the water bottle, so I let each child choose which they wanted.
Then I added some blue liquid watercolor. The first few bottles had about 10 drops which turned out really dark, so I did about five drops with the rest. It’s all about preference really. I love the tiny water bottles. They are the perfect size for little hands, although any size would work!
Next we added “Make It Glitter” by Discount School Supply. I love their products, and this one is a winner for sure. It is technically designed to make paint glittery, but it was perfect for this. Traditional glitter can be substituted, although it tends to discolor the water. Another aspect that I love about the liquid glitter is the way that it flows in the sensory bottle…it’s just like a snow globe.
Next we added our sea creatures! We decided to jazz up their homes by adding beads, and sequins would be fun too. Then we added some Easter grass to represent seaweed. I wanted to use green, but I only had paper Easter grass that was green. Instead went with the clear, translucent kind. It still looked great and achieved it’s purpose. The seaweed looked especially cool in the darker sensory bottles. So there you have it, your own pet sea creature!
Here are some more sea creature sensory bottles that my class made last year. We just added water with blue glitter and sea creatures, and they have been a favorite as well!