What liquid do you put in sensory bags?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To make sensory bags, you’ll need a gallon zip-top plastic bag and 2 cups of oil. You can use canola oil, vegetable oil, or even baby oil for this activity. I personally prefer using canola oil because it’s readily available in my kitchen.

First, I place the gallon zip-top plastic bag in a large bowl to provide stability and prevent any potential leaks or spills. Then, I carefully pour 2 cups of oil into the bag. It’s important to make sure the bag is securely closed to avoid any mess.

Now, it’s time to add some color to our sensory bag. I take a small bowl and mix a few drops of food coloring with half a cup of water. The color choice is entirely up to you and can be adjusted based on personal preference or the theme of your sensory bag.

Once the food coloring and water are well mixed, I pour the colored water into the bag of oil. As the water and oil don’t mix, you’ll notice beautiful swirling patterns and mesmerizing effects. This contrast in textures and colors creates a visually stimulating experience for sensory play.

I make sure to seal the bag tightly, removing any excess air before closing it completely. This step is crucial to prevent any potential leaks or spills during playtime.

Now, the sensory bag is ready to be explored! Kids can gently move and manipulate the bag, observing the swirling patterns, and enjoying the tactile sensation of the oil and water moving around. It’s a great activity to promote sensory development and provide a calming effect.

It’s important to note that while sensory bags can be a fun and engaging sensory activity, adult supervision is always recommended, especially for younger children. Additionally, it’s a good idea to reinforce the seal of the bag with clear tape if you plan to use it multiple times to prevent any accidental openings.

Sensory bags are a versatile and customizable activity that can provide hours of entertainment and exploration for children of all ages. Whether you’re using them for sensory play, relaxation, or learning activities, the combination of oil and colored water creates a visually captivating experience.