DIY Ocean Sensory Jar

DIY Ocean Sensory Jar

ocean sensory jar

We are half way through summer and I’m still making sure I have plenty of things for my daughter to do so I don’t have to hear the dreaded “I’m boreddddddd” statement kids love making. I have noticed that after active times (playing outside, visiting a friend) my daughter would have a hard time calming down and switching back to a more mellow state of mind, so I found sensory jars to be an excellent way to mellow her out. There are SO many different themes you can do, and today I wanted to show you one of mine, this is my DIY Ocean Sensory Jar! It is easy to make, pretty to look at, and your kids will love it! They can shake it, turn it upside down, and watch the ocean in a jar come to life right in front of them. Before you know it they will be mesmerized by the contents of a the jar, and you can watch them calm down while doing so. So let’s check out how easy it is to make! 

Here is how to make this DIY Ocean Sensory Jar:

You Will Need:

  • A mason jar
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
  • Plastic ocean creatures (I got mine in the toy section of the Dollar Store)
  • Glitter
  • Marbles (you could also use pebbles, rocks, sand, etc)

ocean jar

Step 1: first, fill your mason jar with your marbles and any plants or rocks you want to add.

diy sensory jar

Step 2: Now it’s time to add your ocean water. To get that clear blue color I put about 3 drops of blue food coloring in 3 cups of water and mixed. Add your ocean water to the jar and let settle.

ocean jar DIY

Step 3: Next it’s time to add your glitter! Glitter is great for calming because you can have you kids shake the jar and watch the glitter fall to the bottom. After you add your glitter it’s time add your ocean creatures! All you need to do is drop them in!

ocean bottle


That’s it! Only a few steps and you have a wonderful DIY Ocean Sensory Jar that your kids will love and will look so pretty even when they are not being played with! Win Win!

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