Babies and young children learn about the world through their senses. Our senses allow us to smell, see, touch, hear, taste and move.
So creating different sensory bags for your baby to experience, are a great way for them to learn. Make sure you securely close all the ends of the bag. This is to avoid your baby from choking on the small parts or the gel used in the sensory bag.
(photo sourced from Clare's Little Tots)
- A large ziplock freezer bag. Pick one that is made of sturdy material.
- Hair gel. Try the dollar shop as they have huge bottles that are really cheap.
- Colourful Duct tape for securing all the edges of the bag.
- Colourful items to put in the bag for example beads, plastic frogs, buttons, glitter etc. Make sure there are no sharp edges or they will pierce the bag.
Assembling the sensory bag
Fill your ziplock bag with hair gel. You can use food colouring to make it a pretty colour like blue for water or the sky or green for the grass. Then you are ready to throw in some interesting and fun things for your baby to squish around in the gel and of course look at. Make sure you squeeze all the air out of the bag. I usually insert a straw into the bag and suck out the air. Make sure the straw isn’t touching any of the gel otherwise it will go up the straw. Now you are ready to seal off the bag with the duct tape.
(photo sourced from https://b-inspiredmama.com/snowflake-sensory-bag/)
Congratulations, you have now created your first sensory bag for your baby.
Now show your baby the bag and watch what he/she does.