Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Alphabet Sensory Bag

Being a SAHM mom to an active toddler is no small feat. I'm constantly trying to provide a stimulating and educationally engaging environment for my son on a shoe string budget. In addition to creating a foundation of fun learning, scheduling our day into structured and free style play activities helps to break up the sometimes monotonous days and makes me feel more organized and accomplished.

Sensory bags are a great DIY learning activity that can quickly become a staple to your home learning skills routine. Sensory bags are a cheap and creative way to inspire endless playtime while providing valuable learning skills like letter recognition and fine motor skills while supporting solitary play. You can make themed bags for animal recognition, create a bag to mirror the elements of your child's favorite book {how cute would a "Goodnight Moon" bag be?!} or even throw a bunch of random odds and ends in one and quiz your tot on finding certain items. The possibilities are endless, the investment is dirt cheap and the the total time it takes to DIY is less than 10 minuets. For this project I used foam letters which I found at the Dollar Tree. I also found the gel at the Dollar Tree and everything else I had on hand, which brought the grand total of this project to $2 buckaroos {see how good I am with math?}.

Here's what you'll need to get started:

16 oz of colored or clear hair gel
Glitter {optional}
1 gallon sized ziplock bag
Several small toys with no sharp edges that could puncture the bag
Duct Tape

Fill your bag with the gel and glitter if you desire an extra touch of sparkle, add the toys and carefully push as much air out of the bag as you can before sealing. Then cover and fold the duct tape around the four sides of the bag, pushing the gel and toys to the center as you tape along the perimeter.

 And that's it! Hand your bag off to your little one and pat yourself on the back for being such a rock star at this "Mom" thing.

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