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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A Special Memory Jar

Have you ever sat down at the end of the year and tried to remember what you had done through out it? It’s easy to remember the biggies but what about the little ones that are not so important but are definitely worth writing about!

On New Years Eve last year we all wrote down 5 of our own memories that we all could remember and placed them in a little memory box, this was a lovely way to talk about we had done through out the year but i was sure that there was plenty more that we had just simply forgotten, so this year we are doing something different!

We are doing our own Memory Jar where we write down what we want to remember on a piece of paper and place it into a jar, then when it comes to the end of year we will all sit down and reminisce the happy times that we had experienced and there will be no remembering just reminding!

How I made our Jar:

I bought one jar with a screw lid which is a retro sweet jar with a plastic screw on lid.

I painted around the jar with glass paint and with special 3D foam pens i wrote words like yesterday, memories, remember and family on it.

Keep the Jar somewhere that can be within reach of everyone in the family, i keep mine on my livingroom sideboard as it doubles up as an ornament.

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You could decorate your jar any way that you want to, why not add some sparkle with some glitter or even put your own finger prints on to it!

Jot down on small pieces of paper what has made you smile or laugh or something or someone who has made you proud. What about your child’s first word, date of their first step, the first book that they have read or maybe a day out that you really enjoyed. The fun of a memory jar is that anyone can contribute to it either in writing or by drawing something and at any tough time you are going through throughout the year just open up the jar and read a few good memories they will sure bring back a smile to your face.

 

 

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Today’s photo of the day has got to be of Joseph doing his homework spellings.
When I picked him up last week on Friday afternoon from school he was jumping for joy, he had practised all week long with his spellings and he had got them all right 🙂 he was beaming from ear to ear with the biggest ‘proud of himself’ grin. He was chuffed to pieces with his super speller certificate, which is now on show on the kitchen cupboard for us to see every day.

This week he has really tried hard too with his spellings and his hand writing, I can see a huge improvement in his writing and his spellings, he has become more interested in his homework and wants to learn how to do his spellings. At first he struggled to keep his writing in the small boxes on the grid but with practice he now fits them all in there.

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Last Call For Munchtime Entries!

Calling All Story Tellers!

“Once upon a Munch Time, There Was A Cow Called Munch……”

You may remember I blogged about the Munch Time story telling competition back in March when it first opened well The competition is nearing the end (4th June) and I dont want any of you guys to miss out on such a brilliant opportunity!

Budding children’s authors have just one week left to enter the annual Munch Time story writing competition. Run by Munch Bunch yoghurts, the competition is open to all adults with a passion for story telling; and it would appear there are many out there. A recent survey by Munch Bunch revealed 62% of parents enjoy making up stories for their little ones. If you’re one, then just write a short story (600-800 words) that would appeal to young children – and features Munch the Cow, the opening line should be “Once upon a munch time, there was a cow called Munch”. Let your imagination run wild and be as creative as you can just make sure that the story is suitable for children aged between two and five years old. This competition is the perfect platform for creative parents who want an outlet for their talents, this is the fourth year of the competition which has already received hundreds of entries.

Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson, who has been involved with ‘Munch Time’ for the last three years says: “2012 is a special year, with some once in a lifetime events taking place – why not use the Jubilee or Olympics as your creative inspiration and to introduce and explain to young children these exciting events?”

First Prize: £1000 cash prize and your winning story to be published onto the Munch Time website and official Facebook page and made into a downloadable book.

Runners up: £500 cash prize and your story to be published on to the Munch Time website and official Facebook page

Take a look here for some writing tips from last years winner Emma Furniss

To find out more and to enter visit www.munchtime.co.uk – but hurry the closing date is Monday 4thJune!

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