Sensory bags are so neat, and it seems like everybody's doing them these days, but in the kids activities world, when everyone is doing it, it's usually because it's super cool! I found this list of 40 Fun Sensory Bags from Mama OT and loved so many of the sensory bag ideas on there, as well as the site in general!
I decided to try the baby oil sensory bag first. REALLY NEAT results!
(please do also read the caution at the bottom of this post)
The How To's
Just take a ziplock bag and fill it with a bunch of baby oil. Then, add some drops of food coloring.
Lastly, add a bit of water. If you want the "lava lamp" looking results like we got, don't put the water in first. Make sure you add the baby oil first, and that you don't add too much water. You can also add small objects as we did. I put a few floral glass gems and a bit of glitter as well.
Then, get as much of the air out of the bag as you can and close it. This will help prevent it from popping and also makes it more fun to play with.
Use duct tape on the "ziplock" to help prevent leaks.
The baby oil bags are cool because the baby oil causes pools of color which can be "broken up" with touch, but will form together again when they pools touch.
After a whole lot of shaking and exploring
I had a few dollar store Valentine's Day trinkets so I threw those in another bag with
Simple, cheap, and fun sensory play!
Although sealed, the bags can still leak or break! Baby oil (or any oil) can be harmful if ingested or aspirated. Always use proper vigilance and precaution when younger children are exploring with this sensory material, and use your parental discretion when deciding if this or any activity is right for your child based on their age and developmental abilites.
If you liked Baby Oil Sensory Bags,
check out what else you can make and do with baby oil!
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