Make a silly, bubbly and colorful DIY sensory toy for your kids! Every child will love playing with soapy sensory jars!
I originally made it for George (who’s 18 months) and now Louis at 2 1/2. But don’t limit it to your toddlers!
Babies and even preschoolers will enjoy this as well.
It’s been so much fun redoing these activities that were a hit with the older boys and doing them again with the younger ones.
And what I love even more is how each child does it a little bit differently!
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Silly Soapy Sensory Jars Activity for Toddlers
It took me a long time to do this activity again. Remembering to keep a peanut butter jar is apparently hard to do.
I’ve been getting out of my upcycling habit. I need to get better about that and start a making box!
These sensory jars are super simple to make.
To make your own soapy sensory jar, you’ll need:
- empty, clean plastic jar – like a peanut butter jar – with a lid
- dish soap
- food coloring
- super glue or hot glue – optional
Fill a peanut butter jar (or other large plastic jar) half-way with water. Add food coloring of your choice.
Add some dish soap. Lots if you want lots of bubbles!
Add glitter in too if you’d like some sparkles.
Then put on the lid. I’ve never sealed it with glue, but you can if you’re worried about kids opening it up, or it leaking.
Shake & Roll Your Soapy Sensory Jar
Louis had a great time shaking the jar and watching the ways it changed. He loved looking at the
And then Louis and I began a game of rolling the jar back and forth to each other. This was a winner!
Check Out Our Original Soapy Sensory Jar Activity!
I filled up some old peanut butter jars halfway with water. Hooray for upcycling!
We just added a few drops of food coloring to each jar George wanted a jar each of blue, red, and green.
It just takes a squirt of dish soap to make them bubbly soapy sensory jars!
Then I handed the sensory jar to George and he took it from there – exploring and playing! Toddlers are fascinated with the bubbles and even more fascinated that they can make the bubbles by shaking!
Enjoy even more bubbly sensory fun for toddlers!
More bubbles and more bubbles just by shaking up the sensory jars!
George also did some spinning and stacking with the jars.
It doesn’t matter what they do, or how they do it, the jars just need to be moving. We love to get our toddlers moving, because, well I like to burn off their energy every day!
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If you’re worried about spills, you can glue the lid on with school glue, just be sure to let it dry before letting them play with it.
We also ended up adding glitter to the soapy sensory jars.
If I were to make it just a glitter sensory jar, I would have filled the jars with water and just added glitter. But we were mostly after the soapy, bubble effect for these sensory jars.
George loved to shake up the glitter, then watching it settle.
George wanted to stack the jars, to make towers. They’re kind of like big blocks!
These would make great time-out or calm down jars as well.
All Henry wanted to do was to make the bubbles go away. So no one could touch them.
He waited and waited for them to disappear. That was quite the task for a very energetic boy!
These sensory jars are one of the 50 Activities Just for your Toddler!