Glowing Sensory Bottle for Bedtime

It can be hard for kids to decompress or calm-down for bedtime.   We have a collection of Go-to Sleep activities that are perfect for kids growing out of afternoon naps, but who still need some “down time” activities, but we don’t have something for bedtime.

Bedtime is not the time for play, for toys, or for fifteen drinks.

We needed something that would help calm our active and not-yet reading children as they drifted off.DIY sensory bottle - it glows in the dark

Time for a  bottle full of sparkles and glowing stars.  It reminds me of the milky way.


  • Durable plastic bottle
  • Hair Gel – nearly full bottle.
  • Glitter Glue – a squirt.
  • Glow in the dark paint – a squirt.
  • Super Glue
  • Glow-in-the-dark mini stars.  (affiliate link – Would you believe I went to several  different stores and couldn’t find them anywhere but online?!?)

help kids sleep with a glowing bed time calming bottle
Squirt the glitter glue in the bottom, and add a small amount of glow in the dark paint.  The glitter glue will add some sparkle and the paint will add just a hint of glow to the whole bottle.  The gel is great for resistance – so the stars don’t immediately fall to the bottom of the bottle, and the little air bubbles inside the gel simulate all the little stars in the galaxy.  We added a couple of tablespoons of water as our gel was a little too thick.  I wanted the stars to fall, with a little resistance.  My thick hair gel had the stars floating.   Once you have the consistency you want…

Super glue the lid onto the bottle.  VERY important!  You don’t want your child waking up in a soup of sticky hair-gel!  We used a very thick plastic bottle.  The kind that does not give when you try to squeeze it.  If you are going to leave your child alone with the bottle, be sure it is secure.



Finished.  I love it!

have your kids count the stars in the bottle as they go to sleep
If your child says they are having problems going to sleep, hand them the bottle and ask them to count the stars.  There are about 50 of the mini-stars in this bottle.  My guess is that they won’t count them all.


  1. Such a cute idea! I’ve seen the glow in the dark stars at dollar tree!

  2. What kind of glow in the dark paint did you use and where did you get it?

  3. My kids and I just made these. We used the Elmer’ S Glow in the Dark Glitter Glue but it made it SO milky we can’t even see the stars. I would recommend just putting the air gel in straight (we did that with just the last bottle after the first 2 didnt work great) and it is clear so you can see the stars and gives it enough glow with just the stars.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. What size plastic bottle did you use and where did you get it? I want to make 100 at a summer camp.

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