Winter Discovery Bottles for Baby Tummy Time Play

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I have started doing monthly discovery bottles for tummy time play with Ben. It is a fun way to keep him entertained during tummy time and even Ellie likes them. Here are our Winter themed discovery bottles.

Winter discovery bottles for baby tummy time play.

Winter Discovery Bottles for Baby Tummy Time Play

These were fairly simple to put together since I had most of the items on hand already.

  • 4 clear plastic craft bottles (I purchased these from the sand art isle at Hobby Lobby but you can also get them on Amazon).
  • Blue and silver star beads
  • White snow flakes
  • Fake snow
  • White and blue sparkly pom-poms

Winter discovery bottles for baby tummy time play.

We had lots of fun introducing them to Ben during one of his tummy times. He usually does really well with tummy time right after waking up in the morning and will do about 15-20 minutes straight at that point. As he gets tired throughout the day he lasts in shorter periods of time, but we still do it during each waking period.

Winter discovery bottles for baby tummy time play.

The star beads sound like a really fun rattle, he really liked that one. The snow flakes also made a nice sound since they were plastic. Overall, he really enjoyed looking at all the wintery colors in each bottle.

Winter discovery bottles for baby tummy time play.

Ben does his tummy time on our alphabet rug and sometimes I put an extra play mat blanket under him. Since the alphabet rug is busy with a lot of colors, I put our tan play mat down so he could focus on the winter discovery bottles.

For an older baby or toddler who may be opening up lids you will want to use some hot glue on the inside of the lids so they can't open them. I also only give these to Ben when I can be right next to him keeping an eye on him.

If you want to see these in action with tummy time play, you can watch this #GrowingKidsScope I did over on Periscope.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. I can’t believe how big your baby boy is getting. This tummy time activity is such a great idea!

  2. I love how you’ve made it accessible and feasible for parents to introduce sensory play at a young age! Until children are old enough to start tasting and really intentionally moving their hands and limbs, I think sensory play seems intimidating or impossible – this really breaks down a challenging concept 🙂

  3. I love this activity. So simple and yet so beneficial for an infant!

  4. Heather Greutman says:

    I know… 6 months old already, I can hardly believe it myself.

  5. This is great for making tummy time a positive experience! I’ll keep this in mind for my next baby. 😉

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