Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sensory Bags

Sensory bags take minutes to make and they are perfect for babies and toddlers who are exploring their sense of touch and sight.  I made these sensory bags using laminator pouches and gel, each with something different inside to discover, look at and squish around.   They are a great size for little hands (and mouths) to explore and the plastic is strong enough to withhold lots of squeezing, pulling and squashing. Daisy (6 months) had great fun playing with these in her DIY fort for babies.

How to make sensory bags for babies and toddlers using laminator pouches.  6 different ideas.

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To make sensory bags you will need:  (affiliate links for your convenience)


A4 laminator pouches (UK link / US link)
Iron or hair straightners
Hair gel
Small objects to fill your bags with (for example): 
To add colour I recommend: wilton colour gel (UK linkUS link) 



How to make sensory bags using laminator pouches 


1. Cut the laminator pouches in half to make them A5 size.  In my opinion this is a perfect size for little hands, (but if you want larger sensory bags miss out this step.)

2. Use an iron or hair straighteners to seal 3 sides of your laminator pouch.  I used my iron on a medium heat and ran it slowly along the edge of the pouch.  

3. Spoon in a bit of hair gel. (I added two large spoons to each pouch)

sensory bags making sensory bags

4. Add some exciting objects for your baby or toddler to discover.

5. Wipe away any gel from the top of the pouch (where you will seal it)

6. Seal the pouch by running your iron or hair straightners along the final side of the pouch.  Leave it to cool for a minute and then squeeze the pouch to see if there are any weak spots where the gel could escape.  If there are just re seal them using your iron or hair straightners. 

7. Let your baby or toddler enjoy exploring their new sensory bags.  I say baby or toddler but Harry who is 3 loved playing with these too. 


Six different sensory bag ideas


Make a pretty Spring sensory bag using butterfly and flower sequins.
spring sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch
Babies will love exploring the texture of different sized buttons.
button sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch
 Toddlers that are starting to get interested in numbers would love this foam number sensory bag. 
number sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch
 Make a spooky sensory bag using different sized googly eyes. 
googly eye sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch
 Use food colouring to add a bit of colour to the gel.  (I used wilton gel food colouring).
colour mixing googly sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch
 Make a heart themed sensory bag using wooden hearts, sequins and red colouring (perfect for valentines day).
valentines  sensory bag for babies and toddlers made from laminator pouch

These were made for Daisy aged 6 months but Harry age 3 seems just as fascinated with them.

how to make sensory bags from laminator pouches.  6 different ideas.  Perfect for early years, eyfs, babies, toddlers



You might be interested in these links: 
http://www.messylittlemonster.com/2015/03/zip-lock-freezer-bag-painting-mess-free.html


2 comments:

  1. I love these, they are so pretty! I didn't realise you could seal laminator pouches like that either - genius!

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  2. What a lovely idea! Must try this!

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