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.
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To make sensory bags you will need: (affiliate links for your convenience)
Iron or hair straightners
Small objects to fill your bags with (for example):
- Buttons (UK link, US link)
- googly eyes, (UK link, US link)
- foam numbers, (UK link, US link)
- sequins (UK link, US link)
- wooden hearts (UK link, US 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)
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.
Babies will love exploring the texture of different sized buttons.
Toddlers that are starting to get interested in numbers would love this foam number sensory bag.
Make a spooky sensory bag using different sized googly eyes.
Use food colouring to add a bit of colour to the gel. (I used wilton gel food colouring).
Make a heart themed sensory bag using wooden hearts, sequins and red colouring (perfect for valentines day).