Light + Sensory Bags
If you have a light table or light box, sensory bags are a fantastic exploration for infants and toddlers. They have many of the same benefits of sensory bottles, but with extra tactile and visual stimulation.
Create your bags. Take a gallon ziplock bag and fill it with a combination of liquids, food coloring, and fillers. (See Materials for suggestions)
I made 6 for our two children with various liquids and combinations of color, glitter, etc. Have fun.
TIP: I recommend double bagging each one and use book tape around the edges to increase their durability.
Put a few bags on the table as an invitation and place a few more in a basket nearby.
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Children are attracted to the light table naturally and will likely discover the sensory bags on their own. Observe as your child freely explores the bags. Our toddlers intently squished, touched, and manipulated the bags with almost zero interaction the first time. The bags were left out for a little over a week to allow them different chances to explore. Over time they grew more interested in communicating with me about what they were seeing.
What can the adult do?
*Sit nearby and observe.
*Describe what you see them doing and observing to help extend their language.
*Imitate their play, then do something else to explore the bag and see if they imitate you. (Poke, draw lines with your finger, make a handprint, etc)
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Gallon Ziploc Bags
Fluids: water, corn syrup, gel, etc (any non-toxic liquid you have around your home)
Fillers: Glitter, confetti, small toys, beads
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