I’ve made sensory bags before and my children both really loved them. It is so easy to do, you just need a Ziploc baggie, some duct tape to reinforce the sides and seal it shut, dish soap or hair gel or similar to fill it, and sometimes some trinkets to toss inside. It is a fun, affordable, mess-free way of getting some sensory play in. Especially great for babies who have limitations on the types of sensory play they can engage in.
I saw this really cool idea to make a sight word sensory bag on Childhood 101. Perfect for LittleMan to practice his reading and still a fun sensory toy that SunnyGirl would enjoy. Unfortunately, mine did *NOT* turn out as well as the one I was inspired by. You should click on the above link and check out the original idea. Beautiful, right? And then there is mine…
Not so pretty.
I decided to make mine with a The Foot Book theme. There are exactly 50 different words in Dr Seuss’s The Foot Book so I wrote each of those 50 words out in Sharpie marker on lamination paper and cut them out with rounded corners just like Childhood 101’s tutorial instructed me to do. I included each of them in the sight word bag. I also happened to have some foam feet on hand so I threw in a handful of those as well. So far, so good. But then I made my mistake.
The bag on Childhood 101 was sparkly and fun, it had sequins. I didn’t have any sequins on hand so I tossed in a bit of glitter instead. A bit too much glitter. So much glitter that it is very difficult to see the words beneath the glitter. Yikes.
The lucky thing is, the kids both still love it. They like to put it on the floor and step on it to feel the cool gooey-ness through the bag on their toes. But for sight word practice, it is not so useful. Next time I make one of these I will refrain from the glitter bath.