Sensory Bags for kids using laminating pouches!

Ive seen sensory bags being made before and ive thought they are brilliant, ive still yet to do any, just trying to find the time at the moment but ive come across this website hannahshotchpotch.com which explains this fully.

Making sensory bags but using laminating pouches so these can be sealed with a hot iron or in this post hair straighteners, what an easy idea plus I have load of laminating pouches that aren’t being used. Im really going to have a go at this on the weekend. Please be careful though if trying this, keep hot things away from little hands!

 

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Instead of using ziplock bags I used a nifty trick suggested on a childminding forum I belong to…laminator pouches sealed on three sides using straightners (not to be done with kids around!)  I then filled them with the desired mediums before sealing the last open side again with the straightners.  I will say at this point I used A4 size laminator pockets and I think next time I will use A5 size pouches as they will be more manageable.

 

The first two bags I filled with cheap blue hair gel and letters and number sequins.  I thought this would be great to use with bean and one of my preschool mindees for number and letter recognition.  After using in childminding group today I came away with some further ideas about using these.  The gel inside allows for easy mark making and also we discussed that if they were cooled in the fridge this would add another dimension to the sensory play.

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The second two were filled with shaving foam and food colouring – the bags give a slightly softer feel than the gel, and the white of the shaving foam dilutes the colour to give more of a pastel hue.  This led me onto an idea for a future activity with the little ones of mixing colours in the shaving foam to introduce the concept of colour mixing.

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The final two bags were filled with the following recipe for goo, from hellobee.  It was great to make and is another addition to future resources, I am very tempted to use it without the bags for messy sensory play.

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Recipe for goo:

1 cup of cornflour

1/3cup sugar

4 cups cold water

food colouring

Add the cornflour, sugar and water to a medium pan (it does expand when cooking)

Heat over a medium heat whisking frequently.   The mixture will begin to thicken and solidify, and as is ready when it turns more translucent.

Allow to cool and mix in the food colouring.  use to fill bags or as on its own for messy play.

Find the rest of the instructions here.

 

 

20+ Frozen crafts and recipes for kids

Here are some inspired frozen crafts and recipes for your kids to try. I really want to try the silly putty, im a glitter magpie sometimes!

20 Frozen Activities and recipes for kids

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Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands – a salt and ice experiment

 

 

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Frozen Fractals Soup – Ice and Water Play

 

 

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Frozen Sensory Bin 

 

 

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Frozen Clean Mud – a “frozen” twist of our traditional clean mud recipe

 

 

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Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures – building with coloured ice cubes

 

Other Frozen Activities and Recipes from around the web:

Frozen Recipes:

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Blue Rock Candy  – Do It and How

 

 

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Blue Velvet Cupcakes – Pint Sized Treasures

 

 

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Frozen Jello Ice Cubes – Bubbly Nature Creations

 

 

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Frozen Party Punch – Comfy in the Kitchen

 

Frozen Sensory & Science Activities:

 

 

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Frozen Play Dough – The Imagination Tree

 

 

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Frozen Silly Putty – Paging Fun Moms

 

 

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Frozen Erupting Snow – Paging Fun Moms

 

 

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Frozen Vinegar Science Activity – Inspiration Laboratories

 

Creative Frozen Play Ideas:

 

 

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Frozen Paint – Growing A Jewelled Rose

 

 

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Frozen Story Stones – Red Ted Art

 

Frozen Discovery Bottles:

 

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Frozen Chill Bottle – LalyMom

 

 

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Frozen Olaf Snowstorm Bottle – 30 Minute Crafts

 

Frozen Printables:

 

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Frozen Printable Activities & Colouring Pages – Mom Endeavours

 

 

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Frozen Craft Puppets – Red Ted Art

 

find more here.