Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle

Are you looking for a mess free sensory activity for your child? We all know that sensory play is important and necessary for a child’s development, but sometimes because of our situation or season in life, we need to keep activities more contained. I get lots of requests for mess free sensory play and this Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle certainly fits the bill. You can make it ahead of time, and watch as your child delights while it glows.

This Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle is fun to play with during the day or when the lights are out. Kids will love finding the various items in the jar and will be amazed at how it glows! #sensorybottle #sensoryjar #glowinthedark

Always supervise your child when they are playing with this sensory bottle. If you are using a glass bottle, make sure your child is using it on a soft surface.

Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle


Glass or clear plastic bottle with lid. I love these Voss bottles, but if you are concerned about using glass, use plastic.
3 coffee filters
Paper Towel Roll
Sky Toob Toys
7/8 inch Rainbow Ribbon 
Glow in the dark rice

For the glow in the dark rice you will need:
Hand sanitizer, 1 tablespoon
1 cup of rice; uncooked
1 teaspoon of glow in the dark pigment – I used blue
Zip top bag
Newspaper or paper towels

supplies to make a sensory bottle

You will want to make the glow in dark rice ahead of time. Place uncooked rice in a zip top bag. Add the hand sanitizer and zip. Shake well to coat. Open bag and add the glow in the dark pigment and shake until the rice is evenly coated. Pour the rice onto newspaper or paper towels and allow to dry for 45 minutes.

To make the rest of the filling for this Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle, you will cut off sections of the paper towel roll to fit the width of the ribbon.

colored rice, rainbow ribbon and scissors

Once you have cut off the sections of the paper towel roll, they will kind of look like a lemon. You can then cut them in half. Wrap the ribbon around the section of the paper towel roll and glue it on.

rainbow ribbon and blue rice

rainbow ribbon

Once you have made the rainbows, you can begin layering the dried rice and Toobs planes into the bottle.

items for a sky sensory bottle

To add some clouds to the glow in the dark sensory bottle, roll up the coffee filters into balls, and add these in layers with the rice, ribbon rainbows and Toob toys.

crumbled coffee filters

items for a glow in the dark sensory bottle

As the bottle fills up, secure the lid tightly so kids can’t get it open. I have also occasionally hot glued my lid in place to make sure the contents stayed put. You can also hot glue a rainbow to the top as a decoration. Do not use this to hold the bottle though since it cannot support it.

glow in the dark sensory bottle

Turn off the lights for a glow in the dark sensory experience, or use the bottle as an I Spy toy in the daylight hours. Sensory bottles can provide hours of fun for kids and they shake, listen and discover. This Rice Sensory Bottle from Mama Instincts is great for babies and toddlers.

glowing sensory bottle with rice

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If you liked this glow in the dark sensory bottle, you’ll also enjoy:

Calming Bottles

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