DIY Ocean Sensory Bottle

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“The days are long, but the years are short.” 

I have been hearing that saying for as long as I can remember, but never has it been so true than at this stage in my life. At sixteen months, Lyla is busier than ever. She has developed a full personality, knows what she likes/dislikes and isn’t afraid to let us know. Most of the time, she is the sweetest of sweeties but some days she decides that the best use of her time would be to see how crazy she can make me (half-kidding).


To help combat those long days, I try to come up with different activities for us to do together. Sometimes we find ourselves at the park or the zoo, other times we pile up on the floor to build puzzles and read her favorite books. 

Every once in a while I like to switch things up and try something new. This time, that something new was a DIY ocean sensory bottle. Sensory bottles have been popping up in my Pinterest feed like crazy lately thanks to the “picked-for-you” option so I figured the internet world was trying to tell me something and I gathered the materials to make our own. 


To make our sensory bottle I used water, baby oil, blue food coloring, glitter and some sea shells/beads. I went with the ocean theme because the ocean is one of Lyla’s favorite places but it would be really easy to customize your bottle to fit other interests. 

Assembly was quick and easy – we just poured equal parts water and baby oil into an empty water bottle, shook in a few drops of food coloring, dropped in our ocean-themed treasures and were good to go! 

As always, the hardest part of this activity was clean up. By the time we are done with our activities Lyla is immediately ready to move on to the next thing so, usually, I am torn between cleaning up our mess or chasing her tiny tornado of a self. This time I was determined to clean up, so I came prepared with every moms secret weapon: food. 



Last time we were at Walmart I picked up some of these Dannon Danimals Smoothies for us Lyla to try. There are the perfect size for an afternoon snack and for little hands to hold while mommy’s are busy cleaning up. 


Not only are Dannon Danimals perfect for fueling Miss Lyla’s adventure time with mama, but they are a nice option for older kids as well. I have a feeling the Strawberry/Cotton Candy flavor packs are a big hit right now (and only available for a limited time at select Walmarts). Pack them as part of their lunch, have them ready for an afternoon snack, or bring them along to any of their extra-curricular activities and your children are sure to be fueled up and ready to tackle anything. 

Speaking of tackling, there is an awesome contest going on right now that gives your child the chance to win a Play 60 Field Day with NFL Pros for their entire school. All they have to do is find the hidden “Golden Bongo” pouch in specially-marked Danimals packages. Pretty cool, right?



As it turns out, I was too busy snapping photos of my sweet girl and giggling with my husband to get the cleaning done right away however I am totally ok with that because even though these days are long, the years are so SO short and I don’t want to miss a second of them. 

I’ve shared how we fuel our adventures – what are some ways that you fuel yours?!

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