At this month’s My Petite Picassos’ Playgroup we created projects under the theme of the galaxy. We made galaxy sensory bottles for the babies, paper craft rockets, and we did galaxy marbling papers to make valentines.
We made our galaxy bottles using cotton balls, watered down tempera paint, kabob skewers, and glitter. I highly recommend if you do this activity you use a short water bottle otherwise you will be very busy for a long time creating your galaxy bottle! I saw a few videos on YouTube on how to do this and the toddlers enjoyed putting the galaxy bottles together so much!
Basically it’s very simple, but time-consuming. Take your cotton balls one by one pulling them apart and placing them inside of your bottle. When you think you have a lot of cotton balls take your blue watered down paint mixture and pour a little bit over the cotton balls. Then use the kebab skewers to mix the paint and the cotton together. The water will be absorbed by the cotton and the cotton balls will shrink up so you will probably want continue another layer or two of blue cotton before you move onto the next color. I did my layers as blue on the bottom purple in the middle and pink on the top. As I moved up the bottle I continued putting in the cotton and adding my water. In between layers put a little bit of glitter not too much or you’ll get clumps! We also tried doing this with food coloring and water and that turned out excellent as well as you can see from my friend’s bottle on the bottom of the page. If you don’t have paint at your house but you have some food coloring you can do this craft easily. My friend had a really good point that the bottles do get a little bit heavy with all of the water and so it is a good idea to keep them small even if you think a big bottle would be a stand out if you want a baby to hold it and left it with her hands and inspect it and it’s needs to stay small.
Like I said earlier the toddlers loved this craft! They were very engaged with ripping apart the cotton and pushing it through the bottles. One of the moms made the comment that her son never does arts and crafts projects but he loved this craft. They filled up even large bottles with cotton. You could see they were fully concentrating on the activity and they were immersed in the process.