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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!

DIY! Re-dye your old-faded Jeans

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(Left: Before, Right: After. Sorry, My camera is less than stellar.)

I don’t buy myself clothes. Like ever. As a Mommy of two on a tight budget, I am far from fashionable, but I still like to look my best. Recently my husband and I decided to spend a little bit of money on updating our wardrobes! Awesome, right? That’s what I thought, so I spent hours online, made a couple shopping trips, and have gotten myself several new tops.

Here’s the problem.

As i’m trying to incorporate my new pieces into my seriously lacking wardrobe, I realize that my Jeans are ALL faded. and I mean all of them. Every single pair of once beautifully, dark washed denim has become faded, a tad stained, and entirely too stone washed looking.

My brilliant idea?

Dye them. I mean, standard Jeans are mainly cotton (all of mine were 78% cotton or more) and cotton can be dyed, (very easily with that stuff in the little Rit box.) So after a few hours of research and a trip to Walmart I was armed with dye, and ready to try it out.

What I Used:

1 box of Navy blue Rit Dye

1/2 box of Black Rit Dye

1 Cup Salt (standard table salt)

3 Gallons Hot Water

Large Bucket

Rubber Gloves

Wooden Spoon

Instructions: (For one pair. Do one at a time, it’ll be easier. It may take longer, but the results will be better.)

1. Follow the directions on the box to make dye bath

  a. Mix Navy packet with two cups hot water till dissolved

  b. In a separate container mix Black packet with two cups hot water till dissolved

  c. Fill bucket with 3 gallons hot water, and mix in 1 Cup salt till dissolved

  d. Add all of Navy dye to bath, and half (1 cup) Black dye to bath

  e. Stir well (you’re wooden spoon will be ruined, but it’s worth it.)

2. Take clean Jeans and get them wet with hot water. Like actually wet. Completely soak them. Submerge them in the tub if you’d like. I know I keep saying this, but it’s important. So do it. Then wring them out by hand so they’re not dripping. Soaked, but not drippy, k? (or you can run them through the washer and not dry them, but you’ll get more vibrant colors if they’re wet with hot water.)

3. Put on rubber gloves. No really, you’ll dye your hands if you don’t. And No one wants inky blue hands. NO ONE.

4. Slowly begin dunking them in the Dye bath, (I did one leg at a time, then the waist last) till they’re completely submerged.

5. Now mix them around. The goal is to make sure the dye can seep in everywhere, you don’t want the jeans to ball up inside the bucket, so you keep moving them around (with your hands, hence the importance of gloves) to keep that from happening. The box will tell you to agitate them for the full 30 minutes. I didn’t. I did for about 5 minutes, then halfway through I did another 5 minutes, and I did one last time before I took them out.

6. After your 30 minutes are up remove them from the dye bath and wring them out in the sink. ( I actually had my bucket sitting in one side of my kitchen sink, and used the other side to rinse them.)

7. You then rinse them in hot water continuously wringing them out and gradually cooling the water till it runs clear and is cold. Again, I didn’t. (I have a problem following directions.) I rinsed for about 10 minutes, and the water was still a weird inky-bluish/purple, so I stopped. (Seems smart, right?)

8. Flip them inside out and machine wash them with mild detergent, I did do the rinse cycle twice, and  I used the dryer. I know, I know, they wouldn’t fade so much if I hung them up, but seriously…Ain’t nobody got time for that.

And Ta-dah! You have wonderful “new” dark wash denim!

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(The stain in the center of my thigh was there prior to the dye job, it’s not as visible now though.)