We enjoy playing with shaving cream sensory bags. I used them when my boys were babies, and now my toddler enjoys them. When I made a glowing version, my preschooler also loved the playing with the sensory bag.
I like sensory bags because they encourage movement to develop hand muscles. They trace patterns in the bags, usually using either their fingers or a q-tip. The bags are also a calming experience. And they get a sensory experience without making a mess, which is easier for cleanup, but more importantly, sometimes they do not like playing with things that make their hands sticky. This bag offers the benefits of sensory play without a mess.
My preschooler usually has a passing interest in the bags I create for his younger brother. But I made one the other day that both boys loved! My preschooler dubbed it our “alien space bag.”
Make Your Own Glowing Sensory Bag:
Fill a resealable plastic bag with white foam shaving cream. Take one or more glow sticks, bend them to start the glowing, and add them to the bag.
We used 3 glow stick bracelets (from the dollar store). We made 2 of them into circles, and left one straight.
Then we went into the basement, turned the lights off, and the boys played with the bag. They made designs, looked for the different glow sticks, and traced the outlines of the sticks. My preschooler even made up some stories to accompany his actions. His stories even included making up his own intergalactic symbols and words!
I usually seal the top of the bags with duct tape to make sure that even if the bag takes a beating it doesn’t burst open.
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