Sensory Bags at the Window

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The window sill is a perfect height for Marley.  We have one in most rooms in the house.  He loves pulling himself up to furniture now and the window sill in the lounge is one of his favourite spots.  It’s good for me because it’s right next to wear I sit at the computer and I can keep an eye on him.  Today he stood and watched the man as he lay soil, weed mat and the bark in our front garden.  Because we live on a quiet street there isn’t much for Marley to watch so I thought I would put something on the windows for him.

Sensory Bags

To make these you will need:

  • Ziplock bags
  • Shaving Cream
  • Paint
  • Tape

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In the ziplock bags squirt some shaving cream, (you don’t have to use it but it makes the paint go further so you won’t need to use much) and a couple of blobs (how i measure) paint.  I chose two primary colours (Blue and yellow to make green and yellow and pink, which is not a primary colour but I didn’t have red, and it will mix into orange) and when they are mixed up it still looks pretty. But if you have older children you can let them choose! Green and orange make poo brown by the way if that’s what you’re after!

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Once you’ve sealed the bag shut, use the tape to stick it onto the window.  If you have a hulk baby like me you will need a couple of layers of tape so they don’t pull it off.  Or of course you don’t even have to stick them on the window, they can just play with the bag.

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Sensory experiences allow children to develop their senses and emotional development.  It helps children to regulate their moods.  Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brains pathways which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.

Marley is developing:

  • Gross motor skills, balance and leg strength as he stands at the window.
  • fine motor control
  • wrist movement
  • increases concentration skills
  • hand eye co-ordination
  • cognitive skills
  • supports emotional development
  • communication – verbal and non verbal
  • awareness of the world as notices what is happening outside
  • science concepts as the colours change and mix together

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There are heaps of other different things you could put in the sensory bags if you don’t have any paint or shaving cream.  Here’s a few things you might have around the house or are easy to find at the $2 shop

  • Hair gel
  • loom bands
  • oil
  • googly eyes
  • dye
  • glitter
  • rice
  • water beads
  • beads
  • leaves
  • sequins
  • pom poms
  • dice
  • buttons
  • dish washing detergent
  • ribbons
  • magnets
  • feathers
  • straws cut up

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And whatever else takes your fancy!

Disclaimer: We recommend adult supervision at all times.  Don’t use anything sharp as it will pierce the bag and all the contents will go everywhere and small pieces can be a chocking hazard and make a friggen mess!

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