Shark Sensory Bottle

This Shark Sensory Bottle creates the imagery of the ocean with a shark swimming around. Sensory bottles and sensory bins can be very calming for kids who are upset or over-excited. Simply shake the bottle and watch the glitter swirl around while the shark swims from side to side.

Watching this Shark Sensory Bottle creates a wonderful imagery for calming upset children! This post contains affiliate links.

Shark Sensory Bottle

I’ve wanted to make a really neat sensory or calm down bottle for a while now and I finally got some inspiration from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s DIY Baymax Quiet Jar and Buggy and Buddy’s Shark Suncatcher! Let me tell you how we made it!


Making Shark Sensory Bottle with glitter glue


  1. Squeeze glitter glue into clean, clear bottle. You can use all the glitter glue or only some. Caden decided about half the glitter glue was enough.
  2. Add some fine loose glitter.
  3. Fill the bottle with water and foam shark cutout.  
  4. Close the bottle cap tightly and shake the bottle to get it all mixed up!
  5. Watch the glitter and shark float around! Enjoy! 
  6. When you are satisfied with your glittery sensory bottle, don’t forget to seal the cap on with hot glue or super glue!

Shark Sensory Bottle has a calming effect on children!

This Shark Sensory Bottle can be a great tool for kids to use when they become upset and need to calm down. It can also be a fun project to add to a shark or ocean unit or lesson plan!

Have you made a Shark Sensory Bottle with your kids? Let me know how it went in the comments below!

Make a Shark Sensory Bottle for an amazing, mess free sensory experience for kids of all ages! It makes a great calm down bottle too!

If you are looking for more sensory play activities check out all the fun we’ve had over the years here! Our Pumpkin Guts Exploration activity is another great mess free sensory activity! Plus it includes a little science too! 

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10 thoughts on “Shark Sensory Bottle”

  1. Chelsey says:

    This is the coolest thing ever! Sharks + sensory bottle= massive awesomeness!!

    1. Samantha says:

      Thanks so much Chelsey! And thanks for supplying the awesome shark template! 😀

  2. What a fun sensory bottle! Love it. The lacing cards look like a lot of fun too.

  3. Bonnie says:

    This looks like a fun activity to try with the kids!

  4. Maxine says:

    i could use some help. I love this idea and planned it for our beach vacation. The shark cutout, from foam, sticks to the side of bottle and won’t float. Advice please..thanks.

    1. Samantha says:

      Hi Maxine, the foam shark cutout will stick to the sides of the bottle when resting, but should become unstuck and float from top to bottom when shaken.

  5. LINDA says:

    What does the glue do?

    1. Samantha says:

      The glitter glue adds color and glitter. It also thickens the water so the glitter floats around rather than just settling quickly to the bottom.

  6. Sarah-Ashley says:

    What type of bottle did you use? When I’ve used plastic water bottles they tend to get smooshed pretty quickly. Thank you!!

    1. Samantha says:

      This is a VOSS water bottle! They are the best for making sensory bottles!

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