Fall Sensory Jar

Your toddler will have lots of fun making this fun fall-inspired project.

This activity works with fine motor skills as your child works on grasping the objects and pushing them through a small space.

It also serves as an introduction to science, watching whether the object will sink or float. All the while, it is something that is pretty to look at, too!

Both my kiddos love sensory jars. My oldest, V, who is almost 3, loves making them for her and her little brother. She counts the objects as she puts them in the jar and she tries to see how many she can fit in the small little hole all at once. Meanwhile, T, her 15-month-old brother, watches and tries to patiently wait, ready to play with them.

  1. Ages: 3 - 4

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Start by gathering all your objects. V loved sorting all the objects by type, but you could also have your kids sort the objects by color too.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Next remove about 1"-2" (2.5-5.1 cm) of water from the bottle, then start adding objects to the bottle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    While the kids are adding each item, play a little game and have them guess which items will sink and which items will float. We were both surprised to learn that the sequins sunk to the bottom!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    While making the jar, be sure to keep the number of objects that are added to the bottle to a minimum or the items will not be able to move around freely. We learned this through trial and error. (L: small amount of objects, moves freely/R: way too many objects, unable to see the beautiful colors and shapes)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Once your child has added all of their desired objects, now you can seal the lid for them. (This is a grownup step!) Using your craft glue, seal the lid shut so it is toddler proofed. Make sure to use the glue in a well-ventilated area, and don't give the bottle to your toddler until after the glue has completely dried.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Final result!

    That's it! You're done! We simply love making these jars in our house; they are lined up on our bookcases in the playroom. My little ones love shaking them up and seeing all the objects inside. It's such an easy project to make with things you already have around the house. Have fun and shake on!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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