September 10, 2012

Toddler Sensory Gel Bag How-To


If you would have told me 3 years ago I would be sitting at home with a precocious 1 1/2 year old making gel sensory bags, I would have probably laughed in your face then kicked you in the shins for every speaking such blasphemy.

After many days of rain along with a sick kid, I had to occupy her otherwise she was bouncing off the walls with cabin fever and I was going to bash my head in the wall if it didn’t stop. Instead of just plopping her down to watch Bubble Guppies like I had been doing – she loves it and I got to rest for a minute so I could regain some strength from being sick. I figured we do something more educational so I didn’t look like such a bad mom rotting my child’s brain with little mer-children who sang catchy songs.

That brings me to the sensory bags. What I found was that these bags were easier than easy to make, all you need are just a few supplies and your kid will be ready to play. Best part is, all these items can be found at the dollar store, so it only will cost about $3.

  1. Ziploc Bags
  2. Hair Gel
  3. Glitter or beads or some other objects
  4. Masking Tape

Simply squeeze some hair gel in the Ziploc bag, about 1/4-1/2 cup (depending on the size of the bag)

Add some glue glitter and beads or even some foam letters-whatever you would like. Then push the air out of the bag as best you can.

Seal the bag up nice and tightly then secure some masking take over the top so the bag won’t open and dump out all over your house.

Now you have yourself an easy sensory bag for your toddler to play with!

You can even get really creative and put dye or food coloring into the hair gel to make fun colors.

Perfect for a rainy – or sick – day.


*WARNING: Just make sure you are around while your child is playing with these. My little rough neck punctured holes in hers already and gel slowly leaked.

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