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You often get a one coloured sensory bottle when you mix water with oil, but there is a way to make a two coloured one. They are quite striking to look at. Which is great for helping babies develop their vision in relation to colours. A baby’s eyesight isn’t fully developed when they’re born, and just like learning to crawl/walk, it takes time to develop. They are more likely to focus on highly contrasting objects. It’s believed that to begin with they only see in blacks and whites, but by 5 months their colour vision is pretty good (although not as sensitive as an adults).

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You will need:

  • Bottles – mini travel bottles from Boots are a great size for babies
  • Baby Oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • Wilton’s Candy Melt Food Colouring
  • Funnel

Start by filling half of the bottle up with water and add a few drops of either food colouring or liquid watercolours. Give it a good swish to spread the colour throughout the water.

In a separate bowl add your oil and the Wilton’s candy melt food colouring. Now this part is very important. You need to make sure that this food colouring is oil based or it wont colour the oil.

Place the funnel into your bottle and pour your oil in. You may need to top up the oil if you haven’t got enough in there.

Then put the lid back on and securely tighten it. You can glue the lids into place to make sure there are no accidental spillages.

This sensory bottles will last a while, but they oil colour will eventually begin to merge with the water.

I have been using these with BB during his tummy time for something for him to look at.


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two tone oil and water sensory bottles for babies. It helps with visual development.