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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bag

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After the ease of creating our St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottle, I decided to make this St. Patrick’s Day sensory bag using some of the leftover supplies for my kids to enjoy.

This St. Patrick's Day sensory bag is a simple activity to set up for March.For my sensory bags, I use the medium size freezer bags because they are slightly larger and much more durable than sandwich baggies.

One of my daughters loved the squishy feeling of this sensory bag (as you can see from the pictures above!)

Materials needed:

  • medium sized resealable freezer bag
  • clear or light green hand sanitizer
  • large shamrock confetti
  • sparkly clovers (I found these at the dollar store, but you could use these glittered buttons instead)
  • plastic gold coins
  • optional: clear packing tape

Fill the bag with the hand sanitizer and then place the other items inside. You could also add other green items or a plastic rainbow. Remove excess air and seal the bag. If you are making this for younger children, I would suggest adding clear packing tape over the opening so that they don’t open it.

Sensory bags are a great way to explore through touch and sight. They are a simple sensory activity without the potential mess of a sensory bin.

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bottle

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

Arctic Sensory Bottle

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Discovering how well coconut flakes work as snow inspired me to create an arctic sensory bottle with them. I hadn’t thought of using coconut before but when we found several bags in our pantry that had expired, I didn’t want them to completely go to waste. I saw that they might work as a sensory bin/bag/bottle filler and tried it in our Christmas I-Spy sensory bag. It really did look like snow!

Bring a bit of the North home with this Arctic Sensory Bottle

To create this arctic sensory bottle, fill an empty bottle with the items below.

Materials needed:

  • large empty water bottle (I used a Voss water bottle because I like the shape of them)
  • bag of coconut flakes
  • white feathers
  • plastic snowflakes
  • arctic toob

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Some of the items from the arctic toob don’t fit into the mouth of the bottle (such as the igloo), so I set those ones aside to use in our arctic sensory bag. It can be easier to layer some coconut and then one or two of the items and then add some more of the coconut before adding other items.

Arctic Sensory BottleOnce all the items are in, add the lid back onto the bottle and your arctic sensory bottle is ready to use for play. If you have younger children, you may want to hot glue the lid in place so that they can’t open it. As with all sensory and exploration activities for kids, adult supervision is of course recommended.

This sensory bottle would be a great addition to a learning unit on the North.

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This Space sensory bottle is naturally weighted. Kids can also use it as an I-Spy activity.Space Sensory Bottle

I Spy Christmas Sensory Bag

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I love to make crafts and activities with the kids based on books. It’s a fun way to help reinforce what they saw in the book. The inspiration for this I Spy Christmas sensory bag is the book I Spy ChristmasI Spy Christmas Sensory Bag based on the I Spy Christmas bookLast year, we made a Christmas Counting I Spy Sensory Bottle and the kids really enjoyed discovering what they could see inside it.

This year, after reading I Spy Christmas and finding the hidden things within its pictures, I made this simple I Spy Christmas Sensory Bag.

To make this Christmas sensory bag, all you will need is:

  • medium sized resealable bag
  • coconut flakes
  • bag of small Christmas shaped buttons or small Christmas themed trinkets

We actually found a bag of flaked coconut that was very expired when one of my sons was helping me clean out the pantry so it was perfect to use in this sensory activity rather than wasting it.

Place the coconut and Christmas shapes inside the resealable bag and close. For younger children, you can also add packing tape folded over the top so that they can’t open it.

Ours included shapes like a Christmas tree, gingerbread men, stockings, and most importantly, baby Jesus. After all, it is Him that we celebrate at Christmas and Him that I most want my kids to focus on even in a simple sensory bag. Jesus is the treasure waiting to be discovered in this sensory bag and in our lives.

i-spy-christmas-sensory-bag-squareThis activity is part of a series of activities with children’s Christmas books. Follow along this week to see the fabulous ideas! 10 bloggers, 10 books and 10 days of Christmas Activities inspired by children books that are faith based. Make sure to follow along, you can take a look at the schedule over at Inspired by Familia blog. Here are our fabulous bloggers: Inspired by Family, Meaningful Mama, Teaching Mama, Beautiful Messy Motherhood, Happy Home Fairy, Simple home Blessings, The Chaos and the Clutter, Creative Family Fun, True Aim Education and Sunshine Whispers!

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Christmas Counting I-Spy Sensory Bottle

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Melted Snowman Sensory Bottle

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In the words of my kids, this is the “cutest sensory bottle ever”! I came up with the idea to make a melted snowman sensory bottle when I was at the craft store and saw an adorable snowman making kit. I imagine what would be left of a melted snowman and found a way to represent it in a discovery bottle.

This melted snowman sensory bottle is adorable!When I set out this year to create a new sensory bottle every month, I worried that I would run out of ideas, but they always come from some inspiration or another.

It’s the middle of November and where I live in Canada, there’s usually enough snow to have built a snowman family in the yard by now but as of today, there isn’t any snow on the ground so this melted snowman sensory bottle really got the kids’ imaginations going.

melted-snowman-sensory-bottle-squareMaterials needed:

  • large empty water bottle (I used a Voss water bottle because I like the shape of them)
  • 5 dry black beans
  • 3 black or grey buttons
  • 2 colourful larger buttons
  • orange sponge, cut into the shape of a carrot
  • 2 twigs
  • small piece of fabric, cut in a rectangle
  • 2x 5 oz. bottles of clear glue
  • scissors

Empty the water from the water bottle and squirt the clear glue in. Add warm water to almost fill the bottle and add the lid back on and then shake the glue and water together for a bit to combine. Little ones are often very helpful with this task!

Add the other items into the bottle. The twigs are for the arms, the black beans for the mouth, the fabric strip for the scarf, the dark buttons for buttons, the colourful larger buttons for the eyes, and the carrot shaped sponge for the nose.

melted-snowman-sensory-bottle Add the lid back on and your melted snowman sensory bottle is ready to use for play. If you have younger children, you may want to hot glue the lid in place so they can’t open it. As with all sensory and exploration activities for kids, adult supervision is of course recommended.

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