Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Make It Monday: Squishy Bag

Here's an activity that's not only fun and easy to make, but also good for learning too. 

About a year ago, I got a few bottles of hair gel for free after a sale and coupons. I don't use it in my hair, but I knew it would come in handy for something. I saw this post shortly after and knew what that something was.

You'll need a plastic storage bag, glitter (optional), food coloring, and hair gel.

If you don't have any free hair gel lying around, you can pick up a big bottle from the dollar store. Also, you can remove any writing on the bag with a little rubbing alcohol or nail polish remove on a cotton ball. Simply wipe the writing off.

 If you're using a gallon-size bag, squeeze the entire bottle of hair gel into it.

Enlist the help of an older sibling if it gets too difficult.

Don't forget to laugh at the funny sounds it makes!

 Pour in some glitter.

 Add food coloring.

Now comes the fun part - seal the bag and squish it around to mix it all up!

I just love those little hands.

Kids will love using the the squishy bag for all sorts of things.

 Like a smiley face.

Or practicing letters.

And simply just smooshing it all around. 

I found it quite addicting, er . . . I mean the kids, yeah the kids found the bag quite addicting to play with. Smooshing, squishing, squeezing, swiping. Our gel is scented and permeates through the bag, which can either be a pro or a con, depending on the child. The gel is slightly cool to the touch naturally, but you can also place the bag in the fridge for an even cooler sensory experience.  Or, you can place small objects inside to swirl around in the goop. You can add foam letters and have your child find specific ones or use many miscellaneous things and play I Spy. To make the bag more durable, simply wrap the edges in duct tape.

The squishy bag is so fun and economical and has many options for use. You'll definitely want to make one.

Oh, go ahead and make two . . . so your child will have a chance to play as well!

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