Relaxation Bottles

At the beginning of every school year, I teach my preschoolers about relaxing and calming down in healthy ways. One of the ways I do this is to make Relaxation Bottles with them. I like to make a variety of bottles that children can watch, flip, shake and roll as a relaxation toy. Try one of them, or try all of them! Please only allow your children to use the bottles under supervision of an adult because of small parts and things they shouldn’t swallow.

Suggested Materials:

  • Empty water or pop bottles of various sizes
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Foam shapes
  • Shells, beads, coins
  • Sand
  • Pipe cleaners, paper clips or other small magnetic materials
  • Magnet
  • Blue hair gel
  • Cooking oil
  • Glue

Water and Oil Relaxation Bottle

This is the classic Relaxation Bottle that preschool children seem to love the best. I let the children pick out small trinkets to add to their bottle. Then they pick out a color of food coloring and a color of glitter that gets added to the bottle. Fill the bottle about 2/3 full of water. Top the last 1/3 off with cooking oil. To make the top stay on more securely, add glue around the ring of the bottle. Children love to shake this up and watch the oil and water separate time after time.

Magnetic Relaxation Bottle

Your children will love this game of hide and seek with this Relaxation Bottle! Add some magnetic items such as cut up pipe cleaners and paper clips to the bottle. Fill the bottle about 1/3 to 1/2 full of sand. Secure the lid and let your children use a magnet on the outside of the bottle to move around the magnetic items and see what they find!

Gel Ocean Relaxation Bottle

Add some shells and fish foam cut outs (you can easily cut your own!) to a bottle. Then add blue hair gel to make the Ocean Relaxation Bottle!

Water Ocean Relaxation Bottle

Make a mini-ocean in a bottle! Add sand, shells and foam fish to the bottle. Then fill the bottle with blue colored water to create your ocean. Add a little bit of glitter for a special sparkle!

Water and Glitter Bottle

The simplest and sometimes most enchanting for a child is simply a water bottle with food coloring, glitter and water. Swirl it and watch the glitter fall slowly. So peaceful!


  1. Jordyn says

    I tried making one of the water and glitter ones, and the glitter didn’t drift slowly to the bottom. Instead it floated and rose rather quickly. What did I do wrong?

    • Erin says

      When I’ve first made the glitter ones, sometimes the glue clumps together, holding glitter and floating. It just needs some extra shaking to break it apart. If you accidentally added oil to the water and glitter ones, that would keep your glitter at the top as well. Just make sure the glue is all broken up. The pink bottle above is the one glitter and water one. Hope that helps!

  2. Colby says

    I made 4 of them and I just love playing with them and shaking them up. It’s amazingly fun and takes away my bordom.

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