Quick and Easy Sensory Project
Finding ways to add sensory time into an already busy day can be very hard! I know that it is important for children to experience as many different textures, substances and feelings as possible so that they can learn and grow. However finding the time to get all that learning in can be almost impossible. I found a very easy trick to getting sensory time in with Sensory Bags!!
What are sensory bags you ask? Well they are just plastic Ziploc bags that are filled with goo or water and then any little item you want. The bag is sealed so that it can’t leak and the kids can play with the bags anywhere they want. You do have to make sure that you supervise young children because they shouldn’t put the bags in their mouths. The cool thing about these bags is that there are so many different kinds that you can make. It is an easy project and kids will love them from 9 months old and up!
I created a few of these bags in order to get sensory time in for my 9 month old but where he couldn’t eat any of the little toys. He puts absolutely everything in his mouth so these bags are perfect. He is able to play with the little pieces of confetti or little plastic toys and I don’t have to worry about making an ER trip. I do make sure to watch him while he plays AT ALL TIMES with the bags just to make sure he doesn’t bite the bag.
I was able to create a few different bags in just 15 minutes from start to finish! See I told you it was an easy project =)
Materials that you will need are:
* 2 large Ziploc bags
* Hair Gel or body wash (I used some from the 99¢ store)
* Confetti, googly eyes, little toys (I also got from the 99¢ store)
* Packing tape (Clear simple tape)
Assembly of the bags:
1) Take a bag and fill it with the liquid that you chose. I chose to make one with blue hair gel and water and the second with green body wash and water. You can use shampoo, conditioner, or even just water. The idea is to give the kids something that moves and catches their eye and the squish factor helps.
2) Next fill the bag with the confetti and little toys that you have chosen. This is a good time to add whatever items your child is interested in. Do keep in mind that these items will be submerge in liquid so don’t choose something that could melt or disintegrate in the bag.
**Examples of fillers: Confetti, plastic letters, plastic toys, googlie eyes, holiday themed toys, Lego’s.
3) Once you have added the toys you will try and squeeze out some of the air that is in the bag. This way the kids won’t pop the bag while they are playing with it. Just make sure that all the liquid stays in the bag and away from the top where it gets sealed off.
4) Zip or clip up the bag and grab the packing tape. Use the tape to reinforce the seal. You don’t want any liquid swishing out so tape it up pretty well. I used clear tape so that it looked better however any colored tape in OK as long as it’s tough.
Yay!! You now have a sensory bag for your little one. They can squish and move the bag. They can shake it and even maybe point out to you the different items that are in the bag. Hopefully your little one will play with the bags for hours unlike my little guy who lasted about 2 minutes. I’m sure when he gets a little bit older he will enjoy them for a longer period.
Adding these fun quick and inexpensive crafts into your busy day is not hard at all and will not only bring joy to your kids but you will enjoy seeing them have so much fun.
Anything is possible with these sensory bags so have fun using your imagination. You can even let your kids help choose the items that go into the bag.
(Up close of the actual insides)
I hope you enjoyed and leave a comment below if you want more posts like this. Also don’t forget to post a picture of the sensory bags you make so that we can all get new ideas.
****DISCLAIMER: As with any toy you need to supervise your children when they play with these sensory bags. If something is toxic don’t use it because the child might put it in their mouths! Take care when choosing the bag and toy types and make them appropriate for the age of the child.****