The kids and I have been enjoying snowman themed activities, crafts, and games throughout the month of January, but today’s activity was especially fun!
We made Snowman Sensory bags. I had never realized before that this concept was even possible, but I might be hooked. I’m sure there will be more homemade sensory bags to come, but for today, here’s the snowman one. ☺
I got the idea from THIS website and followed it pretty closely with a few alterations.
Here is what you’ll need (items listed are for each child):
- Ziploc bag
- Scotch tape or packing tape (we ended up using Scotch and it was perfect)
- Cut out Foam eyes, nose, and buttons (or something to create a snowman in the bag) The eyes and buttons were about the size of a penny I that helps.
- Cut out Foam or felt hat—not necessary, but fun. The main part of the hat covered the width of the bag and then the flat part stuck out the sides
- About 2 oz. clear hair gel
- About ½ cup water
- About 2 teaspoons glitter
#1. I reinforced the 3 sides of each bag with Scotch tape making sure to fully cover the corners. While I did this, the kids and I discussed the 5 senses and what senses would be used on our sensory bag.
#2 I let each child squeeze about 2 oz. of clear hair gel into their bag while I held it open. They LOVED this part as we used our entire bottle and it made lots of funny noises!
#3. I poured in about 2 teaspoons of glitter into each bag while they held it open.
#4. I poured in slightly less than ½ cup water into each bag while they held it open.
#5. I sealed each bag and let them smush everything around inside to mix it up. They loved this part and were getting eager for the finished product. ☺
#6. Next, I explained the snowman pieces and what they were supposed to look like when laid out properly. I gave each child their pieces to put in their bags.
#7. I had each child wipe the tops of their bags with a piece of paper towel to ensure it was dry and free of stickiness.
#8. I got out as much air as I could and securely resealed each bag.
#9. I sealed the top of each bag with Scotch tape (just to be safe.) ☺
#10. I stapled the hat to the top of each bag being sure to ONLY staple above the zipper seal.
And then the kids were ready to squish and smush away!!
The little ones did need help adjusting their foam pieces into the correct position, but when I explained some other options of ways to arrange them, they were pretty happy to just have fun with it.
I like that this is a craft project they can really use and even learn from. A welcome winter craft! I hope you enjoy it too! ☺