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Brown Bear Sensory Bottle

Are you looking for a book-inspired activity? This Brown Bear Sensory Bottle is so much fun to play with after reading  the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. 


Brown Bear Sensory Bottle


Brown Bear Sensory Bottle:

What are sensory bottles? An engaging way to encourage non-messy sensory play is by using a sensory bottle. A sensory bottle is simply a plastic bottle that can be sealed and filled with a material that can move like water, rice, or sand. There are often different types of objects to keep your child engaged too.


Brown Bear Sensory Bottle


Getting Ready To Use The Brown Bear Sensory Bottle:

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What’s Needed:

  • 16.9 oz Sensory Bottle
  • White Rice
  • Funnel
  • Bear Buttons



Sensory Bottle Filler


To make this sensory activity, use a funnel to add a small amount of rice to the bottom of the bottle. Next, place one of the bears inside the bottle. Next, repeat the above steps until all bears are placed inside the bottle. We layered our rice and animals so that they weren’t all in the same place.


Brown Bear Sensory Bottle


Then, fill the remainder of the bottle with rice, but leave about an inch of space at the top so the rice and bears have room to move around. You can always empty out some of the rice if you feel it doesn’t move enough or your children can’t see the bears. If you don’t want to use rice, you can try beans, sand, buttons, pom poms, or noodles. The possibilities are endless!


Book Activity


Finally, close the bottle tightly. You may want to glue to top on or put a piece of tape around the outside so your curious kids can’t open the bottle. 


How To Use The Brown Bear Sensory Bottle:

Children need to be under adult supervision when playing with this sensory bottle. 

After reading the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, your kids can look for the bears in the sensory bottle. They can turn, flip, and shake it to find all of the different bears hiding in the rice. 


Book Inspired Sensory Activity


As your children look for the bears, they can pretend that they are detectives that are searching for stuffed bears that children have lost. They can also count the bears and learn how to record data by using tally marks to keep tracks of the ones that they spot. Your kids can work on their language skills (an important pre-reading skill) by using details to describe each bear too.


Sensory Activity


After playing with the sensory bottle, your children can read and color the Colorful Bears emergent reader. You can click on the pencil below to download and print the book. Next, cut the pages apart and staple them in order. Then, your kids can learn color words and practice reading repeated text.


Sensory Play Activity


This Brown Bear Sensory Bottle is a fun sensory activity for kids to do after reading the popular children’s book. There are so many ways to extend this activity to make the learning possibilities endless too!


Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save this sensory bottle for later? Pin this to your sensory activities board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Brown Bear Sensory Bottle


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Download The Freebie:

Click on the pencil below to download and print the free Colorful Bears emergent reader!