Weather Sensory Bottles for Circle Time

Last week I added a new element to our circle time routine in my two- and three-year-olds classes…a simple weather check. I wanted some sort of hands-on manipulative to keep the children engaged and make the concept of weather more tangible, so I decided to try my hand at making some simple weather sensory bottles. These sensory bottles only took a few minutes to make using bits and bobs from my craft stash, and the children really respond to them.

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

To make these bottles, I used fillable craft bottles I found at Hobby Lobby, but you could use any size bottle you wish. Raid your recycling bin!  For filler, I used craft items such as pom poms, beads, and glitter (more details below) and water. I substituted glycerin for part of the water in a few of the bottles to slow the flow of the floating items, but it didn’t make a huge difference…water would be just fine.

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

Here are all of the different bottles I made- they coordinate with the weather choices on our little chart. I originally had labels with the weather words stuck on them for print awareness, but the children promptly peeled them off, so I left them that way 😉

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

For cloudy I used three jumbo white pom poms and some tap water.

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

Our rainy bottle has small blue glass beads for raindrops, three brownish/gray pom poms (I swear they looked gray at 1:00 am the night I made these) for clouds, and the glycerin/water mixture.

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

Snowy was fun- I found some tiny plastic snowflake ornaments at Hobby Lobby, added a few to the bottle, and dumped in a hefty amount of white glitter after adding the glycerin/water. 

Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

The sunny day bottle is simply light blue water (tinted with food coloring) to represent the sky and a large yellow pom pom “sun.”

  Weather Sensory Bottles at Twodaloo

Last, a glycerin/water bottle filled with leaf-shaped sequins to represent “windy”- we’ve been talking about the winds blowing down leaves and other treasures to gather these past few weeks, so this bottle has a fall theme. I may replace it with a bottle containing a tiny kite come sprig, but it’s perfect for this time of year! Oh, and don’t forget to add some sort of glue to the inside of your caps before screwing them on- I used hot glue for these but have also used Gorilla Glue in the past.

And there you have it.  We keep the bottles  in a basket in our circle time area where we can hold them up to the window to compare with the weather outside.  Then we choose the corresponding symbol and put it on our chart. Sensory bottles are a great way to make concepts tangible for this age group! 



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  1. My kiddos and I are going to have to make these for our science center (and our circle time area). Seriously, I adore these!!!

  2. Oh how I love these! Can’t wait to make them! Scheduled to share tomorrow :-)

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you for your clever ideas. I have 2 granddaughters, aged 10 mths. And 10 years. I have saved many of your posts.Keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for sharing! These are wonderful! I plan on making them this weekend!

  5. I will definitely use this when I do my weather theme! Thank you for the great idea!

  6. Rev. Jason says:

    Oh my goodness!! This is a wonderful idea! I am going to use this for the little one in Sunday School. Very awesome and unique! Thank you for sharing this amazing idea!

  7. I really really really love these Stephanie!! Will be sharing, pinning and doing;-)

  8. This is a fabulous idea. Where did you get the bottles from? Don’t think we have them here in the U.K!

    • Hi there! I got them from a craft store (Hobby Lobby), but any bottles will do! I’m so glad you like the idea!

  9. These are really wonderful! I hope you will stop by and add them to the Sunday Showcase!

  10. Nicole H. says:

    These bottles look great, I work a toddler room as well and we also added a foggy bottle as it gets foggy in Germany a lot. I filled it halfway up with water and added greenish dishwashing soap and some acorns to represent the effect if hiding… so when shaken it builds a nice dense foam in the bottle that vanishes slowly. It is one of their favorite fall bottles. .. keep up posting I so love the great ideas I get. Thank you!

  11. Great Idea will use this in my classroom