This Calming Find It Game is perfect for changing a child’s focus from being upset to concentrating on finding fun objects in a find it game.  I love taking these on road trips.  Also great for hairstylists that cut a lot of children’s hair.

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain

I use this for my granddaughters when they get frustrated because they can’t do what they want to do (like climb to the top of shelves to get something grandma put there on purpose so they couldn’t reach it…HA!).  Or when one has a toy that the other wants.  Those aren’t big issues but it does help to be able to hand them something different to do.

This Calming Find It Game is perfect for the classroom or home schooling.  The options are endless as to what you add to your Calming Find It Game.

TEACHER…you can have a stack of cards hanging from a key chain on the bottle cap with the pictures or names of the objects for the kids to find.  It could be ONE card per time they have the game.

I made two find it games.  One is easier with large objects for the little ones.

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain

The other find it game is harder with multiple size shapes.

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain

MOM, you know your child the best….if your child has behavioral issues maybe this is something you could make for your child to give to their teacher as a helping tool.

I also like using a plastic bottle that has smooth sides.  I found mine at Walmart with sparkling water in them.

Calming Find It Game - Lady Behind The Curtain


plastic bottles


small objects ( I used buttons)






Calming Find It Game — 51 Comments

  1. What a great idea, I’m a hairstylist. I have a few small clients with autism this is just what I need. I sometimes have a hard time finding something quickly to distract them with when they start to melt down. This is small enough I can keep it at my station for ready access.

  2. Might be a stupid question but how do you play the game do they open the bottle and let the rice out or do they try to find them in the bottle.

    • Hi Rachelle, They look for items in the bottle. You can make cards for them to draw or just say….look for a…….(example: green star).

  3. Hello Sheryl,
    I made five sensory bottles with different objects for my preschoolers in my childcare/preschool program. Thank you for sharing!😀

  4. I made five of these over the weekend for my 2/12 year old group. Placed a different theme in each. I introduced them to the chn at group time. They didn’t return to the shelf until the end of the day. They were a great hit. Lovely calm room with engaged chn thanks. Suzanne

  5. This is AMAZING!! I am one of those people that save TONS of little things, buttons, beads, springs from ball point pens, little bits of chain, nails, thumbtacks, plastic clip hooks, safety pins, shoe laces, oh my, the list is ENDLESS! Also, my Dad was the same and he just moved to Heaven in December so I have (literally, haha) tons of objects from his house. I also employ two wonderful ladies that both have autistic and sensory issue kids! I cannot WAIT to make some of these for the little ones and make a bunch to donate to their school! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  6. Sheryl,this is a wonderful idea that I am going to use with the one year old toddlers I work with in a childcare centre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Thanks to you and all the other people with creative ideas on Pinterest.

  7. You are about to literally save my life! I’m about to go on a about two week road trip with my LARGE family (four other kids) and will be using this for the hyperactive little ones!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Hi Urvashi, This is for younger kids (mostly with disabilities) that need something to help with anger or keep them occupied during something. That could be as simple as a haircut or a car ride. So I would highly recommend gluing the lid on.

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