Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins

 

We’ve done plenty of messy and non-messy sensory activities around here. Even N has been able to do a lot of different baby safe activities since he was about 4 months old.

But the fact remains that there are just a lot of fun things that babies can’t play with yet because they are too dangerous. Like the loom bands my mom bought E a few months ago: They’re so colorful that they seem to be made for sensory activities. Unfortunately, they’re a choking hazard for babies and young toddlers.

Fortunately, there’s a way to let babies safely explore such small, dangerous items: Sensory bags! They’re squishy, visually interesting, and they do a great job containing little items. Not only does it make them baby safe {still only use it under supervision}, but it’s also a great mess free sensory activity for those times when a mess just won’t do.

We’ve made a Heart Sensory Bag and a “Flower Meadow” Sensory Bag before when E was a toddler.

Recently, I decided to make a sensory bag for N where the basic idea was to use up some loom bands, and I ended up making a Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins.

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

(N was 10 months old.)

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Materials for Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins

  • Ziploc freezer bag. {I used the gallon size, but you could go smaller or bigger.}
  • Clear hair gel.
  • Silver glitter. {I think I’d use some more colorful glitter next time.}
  • Silver sequins.
  • Loom bands.
  • Duct tape.

 

Making a sensory bag is quite simple. Just add the hair gel

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

and the items you want inside.

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

Throw in some glitter {sensory bags are also an awesome way to keep glitter contained and give babies a chance to enjoy it!}, sequins or other interesting additions,

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

then squeeze out the air and tape the top shut with duct tape.

When I first gave N the sensory bag while he was sitting on the floor, he was interested, but he started crying after a short while.

I was pretty sure it wasn’t actually sensory bag related, so I tried again a little later and used some duct tape to tape the bag to the window. N came right over and started playing.

He squeezed and pulled,

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

and he looked at the back of it, too 🙂

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

Guess who else was very interested when she came home from preschool!

Poking

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

and squishing the bag is fun for big girls, too 🙂

 

Simple Baby Safe Sensory Activity with Non-Baby Safe Items: Sensory Bag with Loom Bands, Glitter, and Sequins!

 

She actually liked it so much that she decided to make her own sensory bag for N. Stay tuned for a post about it!

 

Have your kids played with a sensory bag or a sensory bottle? What was inside? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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