BB is now almost a year old and tries to get into everything. He is pulling himself up on all the furniture which does make it tricker to do activities with small objects with the older two. The other day EC, YC, and I were playing with the Hama beads. When this little head bobs up over the side of the table and a hand comes shooting towards the beads. Of course he is too little at the moment to play with them, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t enjoy them. We just have to find another way for him. Cue the Hama bead sensory bottle.

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You will need:

  • Bottle
  • Hama beads
  • Clear soap
  • Water
  • Funnel
  • Glue

I personally like to use smaller bottles when making sensory bottles for small hands. It makes it easier for them to pick up. If you are using bottles that have a sticky residue on them, then check out this nifty video on how to remove it.

Fill your bottle up with equal parts soap and water. Make sure you leave space at the top for the beads to go in. The soap helps to suspend the Hama beads so that when you shake it they don’t immediately float right to the top.

Next add the beads. I went for rainbow colours. If you have only a few colours left of certain beads this is a good way to use them up.  You may want to play around with the Hama bead sensory bottle to see if you want to add more water or soap. I kept tipping water out until I had the right consistency.

When you are finally happy with it give the outside a good rinse to get rid of any soap and then dry it thoroughly.

Before you hand it over to you little one make sure that you glue the lid down. I use a hot glue for this. This just means that your little one isn’t going to accidentally open it (which, let’s face it, they probably will).

hama bead sensory bottle

BB is enthralled with his bottle and likes to shake it up and down. As he liked it so much I made him another one, but this time using old loom bands.

hama bead sensory bottle

If you liked this Hama bead sensory bottle be sure to check out my calm down bottles and sensory tubes.

Pin for later:

Hama beads maybe unsafe for babies and toddlers to play with but they can enjoy them in this slow moving Hama Bead Sensory Bottle.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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