10 of the Best Sensory Bag Ideas For Babies
Have you created a sensory bag for babies yet? They’re so easy to make but you need to ensure you take precautions when making them for babies. For example, taping every side of a sensory bag and removing air will prevent it from bursting. Check out my previous blog post – How to Make Sensory Bags, for more information and tips.
One of the great things about sensory bags is that they’re 100% mess-free. They’re stimulating for babies and toddlers and teach them about cause and effect. Using sensory bags during tummy time is a good way to distract babies who hate tummy time. Once you’ve made one, it will easily last for a week, if not longer.
There are so many fillers and things you can put in sensory bags. Here are 10 of the best sensory bags for babies I’ve used with my little one. I hope they inspire you to create one for your baby.
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1. Coloured water
To make this sensory bag, you will need to fill a ziplock bag with water and add food colouring to dye the water. Paint also works well for this too. Adding in glitter and bouncy balls will add further interest and encourage reluctant babies to play with the bag.
2. Hair gel
Hair gel is great to use in sensory bags because it can easily be squished. You can also use your finger to make marks or write in it. Although your baby won’t be able to do this, they will enjoy watching you do it and it will teach them about cause and effect. Using hair gel alone in a sensory bag will engage your baby for quite some time and you can also add in glitter too. If you’re using clear hair gel, add in gel food colouring to change the colour of it.
3. Themed Sensory Bags
Creating themed sensory bags for different times of the year is a fun way to engage your baby. This sensory bag was created in October for Halloween. I first added washing up liquid (dish soap) and then put in some creepy crawlies. You could also make an Autumn/fall themed sensory bag using leaves. Or go on a nature hunt in spring and create a sensory bag with blossom, daffodils and other things you have collected.
4. Foam shapes
Using foam shapes in a sensory bag with just water will help you to create a DIY tummy time water mat. You can buy ready-made foam shapes or create your own using foam sheets. For this sensory bag, I used hair conditioner and blue food colouring with foam shaped fish. The hair conditioner hid some of the fish which challenged my 13 month old to find them. I created my own foam fish by searching for fish outlines on Google. Then I added them onto one page using Canva (a free editing tool) and printed them off. After printing and cutting them out, I drew around the outline on foam sheets, before finally cutting them out.
5. Paint and Oil – Babyplayhacks.com
Adding baby oil and paint to a makes for a great sensory bag. The paint floats to the top of the bag which is interesting for little ones to watch. The colours will eventually turn brown when they’ve all been mixed together, but using 1 or 2 colours will help to avoid this.
6. Shaving Foam – Babyplayhacks.com
Shaving foam is great for sensory play in a tuff tray. However, adding it to a sensory bag will help reluctant babies and babies that hate getting their hands messy. It also stops them from putting it in their mouths. A little shaving foam goes a long way and you can add drops of different coloured food colouring to make this bag more interesting. Your baby will have lots of fun watching the colours mix.
A painting sensory bag is an easy mess-free way to introduce art to your little one. It was one of my baby’s favourites when he was around 9 months old. We tried this bag a couple of times and I found it’s best to use acrylic paint if using paper. Water-based paint seeps through the paper. To make this bag, put some acrylic paint on a4 paper. Then carefully slot it into the bag and seal it. Using a4 paper means you can save your baby’s first painting. If you don’t want to keep the painting, you can just add paint to the bag without the paper. It will be easier and cause less mess when you’re making it. We did our paint sensory bag at Easter using a cardboard frame to make it look like an Easter egg.
8. Googly eyes – Disneyfamily
A sensory bag with googly eyes is fun and super easy to make. All you need to do is fill the bag with a liquid such as hair gel, hand sanitizer or water. Then add in the eyes and seal the bag.
9. Water Beads Sensory Bag For Babies
Water beads are non-toxic and are great for adding to sensory bins. However, if your baby or toddler likes to put things in their mouth, it’s a good idea to add these to a sensory bag instead. To prepare the water beads, all you need to do is submerge them in water and wait a few hours until they’ve doubled in size. Then add them to the bag with a little water. If you don’t add water, the beads will start shrinking. Older siblings will love getting involved by scooping and pouring the water beads into the bag. Once you’ve made the water bead sensory bag, try taping it to a window. It will allow the light to shine through and show off all of the pretty colours.
To make this sensory bag, you need body wash and confetti. I used dinosaur confetti but you can add other confetti. The body wash makes the bag smell lovely and hides the confetti quite well. This means that little ones will have to work to discover what’s hidden in the bag. It’s like hunting for treasure!
Sensory bags for babies are so quick and simple to make. I’ve listed just a few ideas here that I’ve used with my baby but there are so many more. Check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration!
Toddlers will also find them engaging so they can be used with your little one when they’re older or with siblings.
Have you used sensory bags with your baby yet? Let me know in the comments below.