Sensory Bottles | Galaxy in a Jar

Welcome back for another Hands On Play Party. If you are a regular here, you know just how much we love Sensory Bottles! You might even have noticed that we have been going a little coo coo for sensory bottles lately. Just the other day we shared some fun ways to experiment with sensory bottles, and while I was writing the post, I realized that I had too many picture of our favorite sensory bottle and decided I would share our Galaxy in a Jar sensory bottle with you. There isn’t a day that goes by, that the boys don’t play with it.

Galaxy in a Jar Sensory Bottle


In case you are new to our series on sensory bottles, here is a brief overview. Sensory bottles are a great tool for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. They can be used for scientific discovery, language development, fine motor, and proprioceptive input. They can address a variety of subject area content and they can are just amazingly fun! You can read more about the benefits of sensory bottles and the basics of what they are in Part One of the series… The What, How and Why.

All in all, sensory bottles can be loads of fun. Every once in a while you will make a concoction or add a material that your kids just can’t stay away from, and this sensory bottle is that for our family.

Making Your Galaxy In a Jar

Making Sensory Bottles

Making your galaxy is simple and only takes 3 ingredients.


Plastic Bottles (We love these beautiful BPA Free bottles)

Baby Oil
Food Coloring (we mixed blue and red to get a deep purple)

Optional Materials
Super Glue

Don’t forget you can also check out  a FULL LIST of MATERIALS  (for other great sensory bottles)

First, you will want to mix your water and food coloring in a separate container until you get the desired color.
Next, you want to pour your baby oil into the bottle (fill it about half way).
Finally, add the oil and water together. Voila! You are done.

Take Time to Observe

This is a great time to ask questions, find out what your children notice. What do they observe happening? What questions do they have? If your kids are just too anxious to observe without shaking, DON’T WORRY! The bottle ingredients will quickly settle again soon!

We never set out to make a galaxy in a jar. In fact, we just wanted to make the classic oil and water mixture. However to our surprise, the color mixture we made sparkled and mesmerized us. Legoman loves anything and everything space related, so immediately he deemed it out “Galaxy in a Jar” and it stuck.

Sensory Bottle Mixing Oil and Water.

Now, Mix and Shake, Shake and Twist… get the bottle moving!

Sensory Bottle that Looks Like Space

As you start to move the jar back and forth, you will start to see bubbles form and the waves begin. Slowly your jar will transform into the night sky.

Mixing Sensory Bottle to Make a Galaxy

The more you shake it, turn it, and toss it… the more your jar will look like the galaxy. The bubbles will begin to sparkly like stars and astroids.

Enjoy Your Galaxy In A Jar

Galaxy Sensory Jar

Sensory bottle for Older Kids

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Can you believe we didn’t add any glitter to this jar? The boys are in amazement every time. I love letting it settle and doing it all over again. The pictures are fun, but they don’t even begin to do this jar any justice. The glittery stars inside the night sky are just amazing. If I must confess, there are days I pick it up and shake it. It works wonders as a calm down jar or just as a conversation starter.

Isn’t it awesome? What a great way to kickstart any unit or project on space. In case you are here because your kids love space, I have included a few more awesome resources for Space Learning.

Hands On Galaxy Play

two-daloo galaxy

Galaxy Slime | Twodaloo

Night and Day Sensory Sorting | Twodaloo

Night Sky Playdough | Twodaloo

(Okay, I might have a slight crush on this unit from Twodaloo. If you click through, you will see why… its pretty amazing)



Junk Yard Sensory Bin & Counting Game from Stir the Wonder



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27 thoughts on “Sensory Bottles | Galaxy in a Jar”

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Thank you so much! So glad you like it!

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      It needs oil. It can be mineral oil, baby oil, or another oil. Baby oil is just clear 🙂

      1. Melissa

        Thank you . I have one concern and one comment. So when I used baby oil, after a few times the clear baby oil turned white and muggy. Is this spossed to happen? And my comment is; today I used veggie oil.I used a orangey~red color and vegtable oil is yellow, thinking i could use a sunset. I used the food coloring last, so there were little bits of drops of coloring in the oil. I thought it was SOO cool. I will show you a picture in about a hour or so.
        Thank you,

        1. Lemon Lime Adventures

          How interesting. I have seen it turn cloudy before, mine did not this time. It just depend on the brand? Also I would love to see the discovery jar you made! Sounds awesome!

  1. Connie

    Do you mix 1/2 colored water and 1/2 oil? Also how full do you fill the bottle? Thanks.

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      I do use about 1/2 and 1/2 mixture. I just poured straight into the bottle but you could use a funnel as well. I’d love to see them after you finish 🙂

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  3. Nur farhanah

    Fun activity ..its will help me in future to be a good teacher ..
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  12. Carol

    how do you remove the VOSS symbol on the bottle? is the bottle plastic?

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Yes, We only use the plastic bottles and the label comes right off. If any residue is left we use some of our lemon essential oils to take it right off.

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  14. Amy

    I have an older child (eleven). Is there a sensory bottle designed for older kids?

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      I use all of these with my older children. They love making them. What is your child interested in and how old, I could make something 🙂

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