Step one is to gather materials. Not pictured here are the bottles and the freezer ziploc bags. That being said, everything can be purchased at a dollar store, which makes these really inexpensive to do. I think the cost of each was in the range of $0.50 to $1. The "recipes" I used are below each picture, but there really is no limit to what you could put together. I still have a ton of other materials, but I'll be putting those together at a later time.
First up, the sensory bags! For each of these, I used a quart sized freezer bag and colored duct tape to reinforce the edges/closures. It is recommended to use freezer bags as they're more durable against little teeth but, if you don't have any on hand, doubling up regular bags should work. I used enough hair gel that the bags felt suitably squishy but wanted to make sure that it was still possible to manipulate the items inside.
|CLEAR HAIR GEL WITH FOAM LETTERS|
|BLUE HAIR GEL WITH GOOGLY EYES|
|CLEAR HAIR GEL WITH ERASERS|
|- FILL BOTTLE 2/3 WITH WATER. |
- ADD BLUE & GREEN FOOD COLORING.
- ADD BLUE GLITTER
- FILL TO TOP WITH BABY OIL
|- FILL BOTTLE 3/4 FULL WITH WARM WATER|
- ADD DROPS OF RED & BLUE FOOD COLORING
- ADD ONE SMALL BOTTLE OF GLITTER GLUE
- ADD GLITTER IN DIFFERENT COLORS (RED, PINK, GOLD)
- TOP OFF WITH WATER
|- FILL BOTTLE WITH SMALL BAG OF PONY BEADS|
- ADD A SMALL AMOUNT OF GLITTER (OPTIONAL)
- FILL TO TOP WITH WATER
Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without an action shot, so here's Owen enjoying his new toys. I enjoy the guilty look he's got in that picture on the right!
Have you heard of, or made, these sensory toys before? When he's older he can help me make them but, until then, I think all of us in the house will have the opportunity to enjoy these!