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How to Make Plastic Bottle Shaker

  • All you need is a clean, empty bottle or tub with a lid and something to place inside to make a noise e.g. rice, pasta, lentils.
  • The bigger the material, the easier it will be for the students to hold to place in the bottle themselves so try bigger pieces of pasta or even spaghetti. 
  • To make this activity more challenging use smaller materials, such as rice and add a sieve or spoon to pour into the bottle. 
Top Tip-  don't fill the bottle too much or it will be too heavy to shake to make a good sound. 
Now you’re ready to join in with Donna 

Making sensory bottles

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Shake, Wiggle and Wave

Shake, wiggle and wave

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Shake Shake Wait

Shall, shake, wait

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Mark Making with Issy

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You will need a baking tray, use tin foil to line it. Or you could use a plate. 
 Just pour a quarter of a cup of flour on the tray. That’s plenty. 
Don’t overdo it. 

Gather a few supplies, such as spoons and safe utensils like plastic cutlery. Then let them have fun. 
Like Issy you can erase away any marks with a quick shake of the tray. 

More crafts to do at home- 

Simple Slime


- Cornflour

- Water

- Food colouring (optional)

- Bowl

- Spoon



1. (if using food colouring) mix a few drops of the food colouring with the water and stir well

2. Pour some cornflower into bowl or tray

3. Slowly add water and food colouring into the bowl and mix it with your hand. (if it becomes too runny, just add more flower)


Benefits of simple slime:

If you have a large tray to mix the slime in and put it on the floor, children like to not only use there hands to play with the slime but there feet to, feeling it squelch between their toes. Playing with slime and stimulating several different senses at once enables children to build their creativity and learn through exploration.They also develop fine motor skills when trying to grasp the slime as it trickles through their fingers.

Ice painting



- An ice tray

- 1 Tbsp flour

- Food colouring

- Lolly/craft sticks

- Paper



1. Fill your ice tray with water, pour the water into the bowl (to allow the correct amount of water)

2. Whisk the flour into water

3. Add food colouring

4. Pour into ice tray

5. Place in the freezer with a lollystick in each ice cube.

6. Wait preferably 24 hours to use.


Benefits to Ice painting:

This activity is great fun and simple to prepare. Your child will explore the process of mixing different colours. The use of the ice lolly stick will help to develop fine motor skills as it is only slightly thicker than a pen, therefore is perfect for practicing pre writing skills. There will also be experimentation with different senses such as touch, holding the ice resulting in it melting, due to the temperature of ice their sensory awareness will be high

Spaghetti Painting



- Spaghetti

- Boiling Water

- Elastic or hair bands

- Paint

- Paper

- Newspaper (this will get messy there is no avoiding it)



1. Tie an elastic band 1/4 of the way down.

2. Cook the spaghetti as you usually would in boiling water, However leaving the 1/4 and band out of the water. As this part will act as your brush handle when painting with the spaghetti

3. Once cooked drain the water and dap spaghetti dry

4. Dip cooked ends of spaghetti in paint and proceed to paint your paper.



If your child isn't very fond of messy play, spaghetti painting is a way of having controlled mess due to the uncooked spaghetti handle. However, if your child thrives in messy play try cooking all of the pasta and throwing it on to the paper from a distance. This activity is also good for fine motor skill developments, holding in a fist.

Potato Prints



- Potato

- Chopping board

- Sharp knife (adult use only)

- Paper

- Paint

- Paintbrush



1. (Adults) cut the potato in half on the chopping board

2. Cut shape e.g. star, square, triangle into the cut end of the potato

(children can now participate, when knife is safely away)

3. Paint potato shapes and stamp onto paper.


Benefits of Potato prints:

Potato printing is a great activity for children who have just started developing fine motor skills and can not yet maintain a pincer grip. Due to the size the potato will be easier to handle for them than a pen or pencil. Its also a great game for learning and recognising different shapes and colours.

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