Archive | May 2013

Sensory Bags!

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Everyone loves sensory play! And these two sensory bags were not only super-fun to put together but my children LOVE them!

We fell in love with sensory bags a few weeks ago, my son has some tactile issues were trying to work through, (more on that later) and these have been super helpful lately! Plus my daughter who is developmentally on track loves them as well! (Basically they’re good for all kids!!)

So how’d I do it??

Let’s start with the Soapy Glitz and Glam Bag! (Left)

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Materials:

  • Clear Ziploc type bag (I prefer using the Press and Seal style, not the zippers)
  • Scissors
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Shower Gel/Translucent Shampoo
  • SEQUINS! Any variety!
  • Tulle Scraps (optional)

Step One:

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Squirt the shower gel into the bag. You don’t need a whole lot, just cover the bottom of the bag in about 1.5″ of it.

Step Two:

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Add your sequins! As few or as many as you’d like!

Step Three(optional):

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Cut your tulle scraps into small shreds (no bigger than 1 inch) and add them to the bag!

Step Four:

Squeeze the air out of and seal the bag. Then use your packing tape to tape the bag closed as well!

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TaDa! You’re finished!

Ooey Gooey Monster Bag! (top picture, right)

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Materials:

  • Clear ziploc type bag
  • Scissors
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Hair Gel
  • Tiny Craft Pompoms (asst colors, you can use different sizes as well)
  • Yarn shreds
  • Googly Eyes (asst sizes)

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For this bag, I put the yarn on the bottom then added some hair gel (just a small amount). Then I layered half the pompoms, another squirt of hair gel, googly eyes,  the remaining pompoms, and topped it off with one final squirt of hair gel!

Then you just squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and secure it with packing tape!

Finished!

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The great thing about sensory bags is you can fill them with almost anything! The goal is to get your child to experience all sorts of new textures! Personally, I think the monster bag is very visually stimulating as well, and it’s a big hit with kids!

What do you put in your sensory bags? Do you let your children help make them? Is there any other theme you’d like to see done? Let me know!

Little Yarn Monsters!

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Aren’t these little guys the cutest??? And the best part is they encourage pretend play, and have a great texture!!

So how’d we do it??

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Materials:

  • Yarn (any kind/color)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (not pictured)
  • Glue (Any fabric glue, or hot glue)
  • Something to wrap the yarn around (a ball, cup, your hand, a fork)

Step One:

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Wrap the yarn around your object, I preferred this ball, but you can use a cup, your hand, or even a fork. (The fork will make MiniMonsters!) Continue wrapping your yarn for as long as you’d like, i’m about 1/4 of the way done here. Remember, the more yarn you use the fluffier your Monster will be!

Step Two:

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Slowly, and very carefully remove the yarn from your object. You want to keep the yarn as together as possible!

Step Three:

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Tie a strip of yarn in the center of your bunch. It should look like this when you’re finished.

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Step Four:

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Insert the scissors through the center of one end of your bunch, and very slowly and carefully cut the bunch in half so it becomes strips instead of a loop. Just like you’re making a yarn Pompom! (Only do this to ONE side.) When you’re finished it should look something like this.

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(I know the picture quality is sub-par at best, bear with me people, I’m working on it.)

Now this initial one didn’t turn out the way i’d hoped, (it was my first attempt, cut me some slack!) So here is the end of Step Four with the Monsters I liked best!

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Step Five:

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Glue on your googly eyes, and you’re finished!!!

TaDa!!! Adorable, super-fun Yarn Monsters!!

Let me know how they turn out for you!