Rainbow Pipe Cleaner Sensory Bottle

This rainbow pipe cleaner sensory bottle is so pretty and a fantastic way for kids to learn about magnetism! It’s a great science and sensory activity!

Magnetic rainbow sensory bottle with pipe cleaners. A fun science and sensory exploration.

My son had a blast with this neat magnetic Christmas sensory bottle I made a while back, so I thought it was about time I made a new magnetic discovery bottle for him to explore. I was sure my toddler would be intrigued by it as well.

It’s very easy to set up and so pretty to look at!

Supplies Needed:

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  • Pipe cleaners in rainbow colors (this is similar to what I got, but definitely look at local stores because these are way overpriced.
  • A plastic water bottle (I used Voss, but actually think a less thick bottle would be better)
  • Scissors
  • Magnetic wand
  1. Gather 5-7 pipe cleaners of each color.
  2. Cut the pipe cleaners in 1 inch pieces and keep the colors separated.
  3. Layer the pipe cleaners in rainbow order in the bottle and put the lid back on.
  4. If you are worried about young kids opening the bottle and removing the pipe cleaners, I would suggest hot gluing the lid on.
Rainbow sensory bottle. Magnetic science exploration for preschoolers.

Playing with the Rainbow Pipe Cleaner Sensory Bottle

I placed the rainbow discovery bottle and magnetic wands on the table and let my kids find it. When they did, they were eager to look at the pipe cleaners in the bottle and use their wands on it.

Learning about magnets with a fun pipe cleaner discovery bottle!

They both thought it was the neatest thing that they could drag the pipe cleaners around a bit with the magnet. Unfortunately, the plastic was a bit too thick to hold up with the magnetic wand or really move the pipe cleaners around a lot. Next time, I plan to make this in a more flimsy water bottle. I actually already have it saved on my counter and just need to transfer the pipe cleaners.

Magnetic sensory bottle for toddlers.
Rainbow sensory bottle for toddlers and preschoolers.

However, it was still tons of fun for the kids. So much so that this activity also served as a great way to work on sharing and patience.

Magnetic Rainbow Sensory Bottle made with pipe cleaners. A science and sensory exploration.

My kids are going to enjoy coming back to this pipe cleaner sensory bottle over and over again this spring!

Here are some more fun rainbow sensory bottles!

Rainbow Counting Bears Sensory Bottle | Preschool Inspirations

Simple Rainbow Calm Down Jars | Lemon Lime Adventures

Rainbow Button Sensory Bottle | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Pot of Gold Discovery Bottle | Sunny Day Family

Friendship Thread Calming Sensory Bottle | Sugar Aunts

Rainbow Galaxy Sensory Bottle | Rhythms of Play

Glitter Jars in a Rainbow of Colors | Fun-A-Day

Rainbow Alphabet Sensory Bottle | Modern Preschool

Rainbow Polka Dot Discovery Bottle | Still Playing School