Bright and colorful sensory bags for preschool

I just love these sensory bags. Making them is just as much fun as feeling and playing with them…

To make these really cool sensory bags, all you need is some hair gel, baggies, and food color. I purchased hair gel from the Dollar Store and used food color that comes in tubes to make the bright colors…

  

Miss Lauren and I filled each Ziploc baggie with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of hair gel and added some food color to get the bright colors. The yellow hair gel worked as well as the clear gel and it smelled great!

After adding the gel and food color to the baggies, we used clear packing tape to seal the top of the baggies…

Miss Lauren blended the gel and color after the baggies were sealed. The entire time Miss Lauren made these she kept saying, “This is really fun, I think this is one of the best things we have made all summer!” I agree – it is definitely something fun I will make with the children this school year…

To remove the Ziploc print from the baggie all you need is to lightly rub the white letters and symbols with a very little nail polish remover and a sponge and the white print will come right off – easy peazy…

In two of the sensory baggies, I added a few trinkets to explore as well. I want to make a variety of these with the children later on so I saved most of the trinkets for a later time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For now, I will add my colorful sensory bags to a basket and include them in the science and sensory center as a choice for play…

That is if I can get Miss Lauren to stop playing with them…

 I did try them out with Wy and he loved them too…

The combination of bright colors and the cool feel to the touch and the gel texture makes them irresistable…

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Comments

  1. MissAllison says

    Our sensory specialist suggests putting these in the freezer also because the gel wont freeze and its a great cool down activity

  2. Branda Davis says

    love the idea, I have used liquid watercolor paint and baby oil sealed in laminating film, my students love this, but this idea is so much easier, we put foam shapes in ours and when learning names we put the kids names in the bags and then they can maneuver the letters around to spell out their name, they love it

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Those are great ideas Branda! Love the idea of adding the letters of their names!

  3. Chelsea says

    Just so you know- the target brand of baggies are totally clear- and cheaper! :) They won’t break, they’re nice and thick!