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Squishy Mermaid Sensory Bag

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My girls’ love of all things mermaid borders on obsession. Last year, they all got those Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (which incidentally are pretty darn cool!) and they have spent many an hour swimming around, flipping those fins and pretending to be mermaids. As soon as I saw this glitter at the store, I knew that I could use it to make a mermaid sensory bag and a mermaid sensory bottle. It screamed mermaid fin to me.

Squishy Mermaid Sensory BagMaking this mermaid sensory bag couldn’t be easier. With just a few items, you can create a sensory experience that your child can squish and poke and knead and press.

Materials needed:

  • resealable plastic bag (I used a sandwich bag size)
  • hand sanitizer
  • glitter
  • blue flower sequins
  • optional: duct tape (I think this turquoise glitter duct tape would be perfect)

For the glitter, you want to choose a mermaid-y colour. You could use this garnet colour or this aquamarine colour or this cool caribbean one or a pink or blue. You can also use a combination of a few colours of glitter. The key though is to use a lot of glitter. I used a quarter of a small bottle of glitter in each of my mermaid sensory bags.

Fill the resealable bag about half full of hand sanitizer. Add the glitter and sequins. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal the bag. Squish it around really well to mix in the glitter and sequins.

If you’re going to be using this sensory bag with younger kids, you will want to use duct tape folded around all the edges to seal it well. As with all sensory activities, adult supervision is recommended for all children.

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Superheroes Sensory Bag for Superkids

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Have you heard of the Superkids Movement? Kids are constantly being told they aren’t good enough, not smart enough, not calm enough, just plain and simple…not enough. The Superkids Movement is all about changing the way that we see our kids and changing their inner language. It inspires kids to see themselves as creative, fierce, spirited, adventurous, unique.

Superheroes Sensory Bag for SuperkidsI created this Superheroes Sensory Bag to encourage Superkids to celebrate the things that make them unique.

The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day is all about encouraging kids who may have previously been labeled as bratty or difficult or picky to see themselves a different way.

This Superheroes sensory bag can serve as a reminder of the Superkid they are themselves, while at the same time, being a sensory solution for them to play with.

Materials needed:

  • resealable plastic sandwich bag
  • Superhero action figure (we used Captain America, but any favourite superhero will do)
  • Superhero stickers (we used glow in the dark ones)
  • hand sanitizer
  • optional: duct tape

Open the resealable bag and fill about halfway with hand sanitizer. Drop in the stickers and mini action figure(s). Remove the excess air and seal the bag. If you’re going to be using this sensory activity with younger kids, you will want to use duct tape to fold over the edges of the bag to seal it completely. I would suggest using this cool superhero duct tape.

Once the sensory bag is made with your child’s favourite superheroes, give it to your little Superkid and let the play begin!

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Squishy Sky Sensory Bag

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This squishy sky sensory bag is simple to make and you only need a few materials. Depending on the age of your child, they can even help cut out the clouds to make the sensory bag.

Sky sensory bag is perfect for little explorers.Materials needed:

Using scissors, cut some cloud shapes out of the white foam sheet. If you are having your child help you with this step, you can lightly sketch the outline of a cloud with pencil and have them cut along the outline.

Place the foam clouds inside a resealable bag. Add a few items from the In the Sky toob and squeeze some blue hair gel or body wash into the bag. Remove excess air from the bag and seal.

I prefer to use a good quality freezer bag rather than a sandwich bag for sensory bags because they are more durable and I prefer the size as well.

If you’re using these sky sensory bags with younger children, you can secure the opening of the bag by folding strong clear packing tape or duct tape over the top of the bag. You can also do this to all sides of the bag for extra durability.

I used the same In the Sky toob to make a Sky Sensory Bottle and a Sky Sensory Bin. All of these were perfect during our Flight Unit in homeschooling.

Sky Sensory Bottle

Sky Sensory Bin

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Arctic Sensory Bag

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Last week when I made our arctic sensory bottle, there were some really adorable items from the arctic toob that didn’t fit in the mouth of the bottle. I wanted to be able to use them, so I decided to make an arctic sensory bag with them. I also used what was left from the expired coconut I had used as the “snow” in the sensory bottle.

This arctic sensory bag uses a rather unconventional items as the "snow". It is a cute activity to add to a winter or arctic theme unit.This sensory bag is particularly easy to make because it requires very few materials.

Materials needed:

Place the flaked coconut and items from the arctic toob into the resealable bag. Remove the excess air and seal.

If you are creating this sensory bag for younger children, you will want to seal the bag with duct tape or heavy, clear packing tape after closing it so that they aren’t able to open it. You may also want to fold the tape over the other sides of the bag as well to reinforce it. I choose to use good quality freezer bags for my sensory bags rather than sandwich bags because they are more durable.

This arctic sensory bag and the arctic sensory bottle would work well for a theme unit on the North.

Arctic Sensory Bottle

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