Purpose: auditory discrimination
Materials: several plastic bottles
Directions: Fill each bottle with 1/2 cup of one of the items listed above. Place each bottle in an old sock. The children can shake the bottles and try to identify what is inside the bottle. Let them remove the bottles from the socks to verify their predictions.
Variations: Make sound bottles for older children. Number the bottles, and then have children number a sheet of paper and write down what they think is in each bottle.
Purpose: sensory awareness
Materials: plastic bottle
Directions: Poke holes around the sides of the bottle with a nail. Pour 2 cup of potpourri in the bottle and screw on the lid. Shake up the bottle to activate the smell.
Variations: Make other smelly bottles by putting a few drops of extracts (lemon, strawberry) and flavored oil (coconut, baby) on cotton balls and placing them in bottles. Screw on the lids. Children shake the bottle, open, smell, and then screw the lid back on. (Hint! Water bottles with retractable spouts work well.)