My parents had brought me home some fantastic zip-loc bags from their recent trip to America. They are extra strong so ideal for this activity. They also brought me back some colourful Duck Tape so it was a perfect time to make sensory bags.
When I was making them I hadn’t planned what to put inside them. I looked at what resources I had that were not sharp so they wouldn’t damage the zip-loc bags – as what happened in Day 11.
I made the following sensory bags:
Sensory Bag 1 – felt shapes, shampoo and glitter
Sensory Bag 2 – animal foam shapes, shampoo and glitter
Sensory Bag 3 – foam numbers and shower gel
Sensory Bag 4 – pom poms, blue hair gel and glitter
The shampoo and shower gel I used were old bottles I had left over from the bathroom. The hair gel I had left over from Day 11 activity. It is best not to over fill the bags with the shampoo, shower gel or hair gel. The objects inside need to be able to move around with just your finger. Over filling might also cause the bags to burst.
Objects made from felt or foam work well within the sensory bags. Pre-cut or self-made work equally well. I put too much glitter in each of the bags as a little goes a long way in a sensory bag!
Once all the ‘ingredients’ were in the sensory bags I made sure they were securely fastened with an extra strip of selloptape at the top. Along the four edges I added a strip of Duck Tape. This gives the bags a colourful border but is not essential.
As always, Adam managed to turn even sensory bags into a car related activity!
UPDATE: Adam loves to use his sensory bags and frequently asks to get them out of a Busy Box. He continues to push his cars over them. The bags make a great high-chair distraction for when I need to straighten my hair! Adam also loves to move around the objects inside and then point them out individually for me to say what the objects are called. This activity can go on for some time!
* Ziploc Heavy Duty Freezer Bags (affiliate link)
*Sensory Bag 1 – felt shapes, shampoo and glitter
* Sensory Bag 2 – animal foam shapes, shampoo and glitter
* Sensory Bag 3 – foam numbers and shower gel
* Sensory Bag 4 – pom poms, blue hair gel and glitter
Adam was 19 months old.
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