Rice Play – Baby

Discovery bottle babyBabies use all their senses to learn about their world. You can have fun making interesting sensory play activities for your baby by using recycled plastic bottles and everyday materials from around the home to make discovery bottles!

Did you know?

Rice in a plastic bottle can be a great motivation for movement at tummy-time.

Babies will reach for them, roll them, shake them and watch closely as the objects inside move. They can make a great noise too!

Add language

As your baby plays you can name what they are doing e.g. “Oh, shaking the bottle!”. This helps your baby learn words. It also shows that you are interested in their play.

Other development

You can encourage your baby’s eyes to “track” (follow) as you move the new, intriguing play object up and down or side to side.

Older babies who can sit up will hold and move the bottle with two hands and pass the bottle from one hand to the other. This develops hand transfer skills and concentration.


Try changing the things you add to the bottle to captivate and hold your baby’s interest. Ideas include glitter, small toys, seeds, buttons or other small items that are usually too small to be safe for your baby.

Rice shakers and discovery bottles are perfect toys to take along to distract and entertain babies.


Ensure lids are tightly sealed. Playgroup WA uses electrical tape as extra security around the lid!

Activities listed under “baby” are suitable for children under 12 months. This age is largely about babies exploring their own bodies and the world around them from the safety of a close relationship with their caregiver.