“Peek-A-Boo” bottles are a simple and inexpensive way to appeal to sensory seekers who are looking for a little extra in the visual input department, and creating them can be a fun family project that kids of all ages will enjoy!
“But wait,” you’re asking… “what is a ‘Peek-A-Boo bottle’?” Ahhh, my friend. I thought you’d never ask!
Peek-A-Boo bottles are nothing more than an empty bottle, filled with water and other small items that appeal to the eye. The bottle can be any size or shape — and the goodies you put inside? Well, the possibilities are endless!
The idea behind the bottles is that they appeal to your sense of sight. By turning the bottle over and rolling it around, the water slowly tosses around the items inside and viola! A visual symphony of nifty things plays itself out in your own hands.
So, are you ready to get started with your own Peek-A-Boo bottles? Great! Let’s go!
- One or more re-seal-able, water-tight bottles with lids
- Collection of small items, such as buttons, glitter, erasers, etc.
- Glycerin (optional)
- Glue (optional – for sealing the bottle)
I started my Peek-A-Boo bottles with a trip to Wal*Mart and picked up the necessary supplies for less than $10. My three-year-old sensory seeker is beginning to know her way around, so I let her add her input to the items we would include in our bottles. But I’m getting ahead of myself… first, you need to select your bottles.
- Neat Looking
Next, it was off to the craft section. I turned Little Miss loose and asked her what she liked best. Of course, I immediately regretted the decision to let a sensory-seeker loose in Wal*Mart, but hey… we had a good run.
In the mean time, I got her to focus long enough to make a few selections for our bottles. Never one to pass by the bling, Little Miss selected some glitter and sparkle pom-poms. I added buttons and some neon google eyes to our purchases and we were ready to create!
We returned home with our purchases, where I dutifully slugged the contents of the first bottle (after all, I did pay for the water!), and set to work. I spilled out the buttons, google eyes, and pom-poms and instructed Little Miss to put them in the bottle. Now, for those of you who figure I’m just being lazy, this is GREAT fine motor work for my tactile-sensitive little lady! Within a few minutes, her busy little hands had filled our first bottle…
Next up, I emptied a shaker of glitter into a second bottle and got ready to fill the two Peek-A-Boo bottles with water.
Now, here’s the trick. When you’re filling the Peek-A-Boo bottles with water, you need to fill them all. the. way. If you leave air bubbles in the bottles, it takes away from the items you have carefully selected to put in them. So use a slow and easy stream from the sink to fill ‘er up.
I have also read that you can put a little glycerin (or really, any kind of oil) in the bottle for added visual effect. Because the glycerin weighs more than water, it slows down the movement of the items in the bottles. However, we did not use glycerin in our bottles and they still came out great.
Depending on whether your kiddo is curious about the contents of the bottle, you can either put the cap on REALLY tight or get out your handy Super Glue. Your choice.
Keep in mind that some of the bottle contents (like glitter and pom-poms) may need to get thoroughly saturated before they achieve the best visual effect. It’s best to experiment a little with some favorite items and see what works best.
So, now that you know how to make your own Peek-A-Boo bottles, I have to ask… what are YOU going to put in them? I can’t wait to see!
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