Sensory Ziplock Bags

These sensory Ziplock bags are perfect for young children who are learning to write, they are easy to make and are fun to use. There are so many different types of sensory bags to make, you can add items to them such as letters and numbers for recognition, objects for counting or specific letters to make a sound bag.

We went for the plain option as Oliver is just learning his letter formations.

You will need:

  • Strong see through plastic ziplock bags (I used Tesco own brand)
  • Tub of hair gel (we used see through cheap hair gel, bought from the chemist)
  • Food dye
  • Glitter
  • Selotape to seal the bag

Empty half of the tub of gel into the bag, add in some food dye (i used the gel food colouring that comes in a tube) and the glitter. Close the bag up and squidge the mixture around with your fingers, the dye will eventually mix in and you will have an even glittery colour.
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If you feel that there is too much in the bag remove it now before you seal it with the selotape. Remove any air that is the the bag slowly trying not to lose any of the gel out of the bag. Once you are happy with the sensory bag, fold over the top and seal it with selotape.

Now they are ready to use
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You could also add objects into then before you seal the bags up eg: alphabet, numbers, fish, stars or objects that begin with a peticular sound for a sounds bag.

Not only has my youngest boy enjoyed doing his letters and shapes in the gel bag but my other two children who are aged 7 and 12 have equally enjoyed playing with it too.

Please be careful and use strong ziplock bags and also keep any child using it under supervision.

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Sensory Bath

Oliver hasn’t been feeling himself for the past couple of days so I thought that making bath time a little bit more fun than normal would place that smile back onto his little face.

I filled up the bath and added some :
– Bubble Bath
– Bubble wand from Lush
– Glow Sticks
– Colourful bath Boats

Oliver had fun searching for the sticks under all of the bubbles and he enjoyed waving the bubble wand in the water to create more bubbles.

He searched for the boats and we talked about what colour they were, which he repeated. I hid the boats under the many bubbles that he made and he searched through them looking for the boats, I did get a couple of smiles from him but they didn’t last long before he started to yawn and told me ‘enough! Me get out!’
Bless him he would normally cry if I tried to take him out of the bath, so he must be feeling rather icky!

We did get some lovely pictures though and I am quite sure that he enjoyed himself. Since getting out of the bath he has repeated the words that he learnt, wand, bubbles, stick, yellow and blue!

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Oliver loved feeling the bubbles on his hands and kept trying to pick them up and he like swirling the sticks around in the water.

What do you add into your children’s baths to add some fun?

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Cornflour Slime

The boys have been making slime at home today, experimenting with the touch and playing and having fun!

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages, I doubt that there is any child or adult that will enjoy playing with the slime.

What you will need

Box of cornflour

Water in a jug

Food colouring of your choice
We used green to look like slime

Plastic tray or a plastic tub

Tablespoon

Instructions

Put your cornflour into a tray

Add some food colouring to the water

Gently and slowly add the coloured water to the tray of cornflour an mix with a spoon, add small amounts at a time as you don’t want the mixture to be too watery. Once all combined get your hands in!

Now your ready to play!

Is the mixture a solid or a liquid?
The boys say both.

Roll the cornflour slime into a ball – it becomes a solid mass, once you stop it becomes slime
Try Tapping, punching, rolling it, running your fingers through it and letting your hand sink in it
What happens?

The boys play with this for hours and never seem to bore of it, it can become messy but once it is dry the slime can be easily swept off of the floor and wiped away from sides. It is easy to wash off of your hands and clothes and is non-toxic, so it makes fabulous play for the younger ones. It is non sticky and can be stored away in the tub in the fridge ready to be played with the next day.

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Why don’t you try it at home and don’t forget to let me know how you get on !

Thank you for reading 🙂

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