Your baby’s early years are a time where they explore the world through their developing senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Try making these fun ‘squishy sensory bags’ to support your little one’s sensory development. The bags are easy to make, mess-free and fun for your little one.
Here’s what you need
Start by half-filling a sealed zip-lock bag with something tactile such as shaving foam, cotton wool balls, rice or shampoo. Be sure to seal it tight and then secure with sticky tape. You may wish to use a second bag over the first to make sure it does not leak.
Here are our top ten ideas for everyday items to put into squishy sensory bags:
- Baked beans
- Bubble bath, washing detergent or shampoo
- Breakfast cereal
- Shaving cream and a dash of food colouring
- Cooked pasta or vegetables
- Paint and chopped up bits of sponge
Here’s what to do
Once you have created the squishy sensory bag, give it to your baby to play with. Your little one will enjoy pressing and squishing the bags and exploring the interesting texture within it. Talk to them about what they are playing with. For example “This shaving cream is soft and squishy, isn’t it?”
Enjoy this activity together but remember to always supervise your baby when they are playing with squishy sensory bags and try to discourage them from mouthing the bags – it’s best to let them play with them using their fingers (particularly if the contents are non-edible or potential choking hazards).
Squishy sensory bags are perfect for helping little fingers develop fine motor skills through gripping, manipulation, hand, finger and pincer movements. Older children will love squishy sensory bags as well. You could even encourage them to decide what to put in the bag, or get them to close their eyes and try to guess what is in the bag.