Learning how to make sensory bags for your little one, will help them to reap all the benefits of sensory play without getting messy. They can squish and use their hands and fingers to manipulate the bags as much as they want.
There are lots of different things you can use to create amazing sensory bags for your little ones. But you need to make sure you’re following the correct steps when making one.
Not taking the right precautions could lead to the bag bursting, your baby getting messy, and potentially putting non-edible liquids and choking hazards into their mouths.
In this step by step guide, I will show you how to make sensory bags for your baby.
Once you know how to make them, you can create all different types of sensory bags, which will interest them right up until they’re preschool age.
Remember to use your own judgement and knowledge of your child when carrying out any of the suggested activities and make sure you supervise them at all times. They seem to become ninjas and can get into all sorts when our backs are turned for even a minute!
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Here are the 5 things you will need to make a sensory bag:
- A strong plastic bag – the stronger the better (ziplock bags are ideal. I used freezer bags from Ikea)
- Gaffa tape – buying a coloured gaffa tape will make the sensory bag more appealing
- Scissors to cut the tape
- A liquid to fill it – hair gel, water, hand cream, dish soap, shower gel, hand sanitizer, paint, baby oil all work well
- Something interesting to put inside – sequins, foam shapes,sequins, googly eyes, buttons are all great choices
How to Make Sensory Bags
- Tape the sides and bottom of the bag with gaffa tape. You should place the tape so it is half on one side. This will allow you to fold it over and ensure it’s completely sealed. Cut off any excess tape. But make sure you don’t cut too close to the edge of the bag
- Fill the bag with one of the liquids suggested above
- Add in the interesting objects (optional)
- Close the bag and then tape the top using gaffa tape
- Stick the bag to the floor or a surface using more tape (optional)
Follow these tips to prevent the sensory bag from bursting
- Don’t overfill the bag
- As mentioned previously, make sure you tape the bottom and sides first, fill the bag and then tape the top
- Don’t use essential oils – they will leak through the bag
- Use a strong bag such as a ziplock freezer bag
- Before closing the bag, try to remove as much air as possible. The less air, the easier it is for little ones to use.
Ways to use them
One of the best things about sensory bags is that they can be used with babies and toddlers of all ages! Here are some ideas of how you can use them with non-crawlers and walkers.
Tape them to a hard floor and let them explore the sensory bag whilst on their tummy. This is a great distraction for babies that hate tummy time.
Taping a sensory bag to your baby’s high chair tray is a great way to keep them occupied whilst cooking dinner. Easy high chair activities such as this, will help you to cook a decent meal!
Help your baby to sit up by taping a sensory bag low down on the wall.
Tape a sensory bag low down on the wall or door. This will encourage your baby to stand.
Add more than one sensory bag in a line on the wall. This will help your baby to walk. I taped ours to a radiator as I didn’t want to mark the walls but I only did this in Summer when they were turned off.
Give your little one a sensory bag to explore without taping it down and watch how they use it.
Sensory bags are so effortless to make and are great fun. They don’t require lots of resources either. You can use almost any liquid as a filler and then use different things to add interest.
Following my step by step guide will stop any leaks or messes and will help your sensory bag to last at least a week.
Remember to follow the tips to prevent the bag from bursting.
Always supervise your little one when they’re playing with the bag. When they are finished, put it out of reach for next time. Never leave your child with an empty bag.