Create this fun and engaging ocean sensory bag for your toddler or preschooler. It’s a great way to learn about ocean animal life!
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How to Create an Ocean Sensory & Play Bag
Grab your large Ziploc bag. If you want to remove the white label on the Ziplock bag, see below for instructions how to easily remove it.
Fill the bag with water approximately half way and add about two table spoons of baby oil. The baby oil will give the water a bit more texture especially as your little one squeezes and pats the bag. It also makes it easier to remove the air from the bag as you seal it.
But before you seal the bag add a few of your toddlers under sea creatures, such as the sea shells and starfish and fish into the bag.
Next, add a drop of blue food colouring.
Seal the bag tightly removing as much air as you can at the same time. Secure the top of the bag with duct tape. I also secured the edges of the bag with duct tape as well.
Grab the rest of your sea creatures and let your little one play with them on the top of the sensory bag!
This is a fun and unique way to play with a sensory bag. It is also a mess free option that I love doing with my twins.
How to Remove the White Label on Ziploc Bags
You can remove the white label on ziplock bags using an alcohol wipe. Dip a paper towel or cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub off the white label on the ziplock bag. This of course is not necessary but it does create a clearer and unobstructed view through the bag of the sensory activity.
Skill Development Opportunities
There are so many opportunities for learning and vocabulary building in this activity. While they played I described what they were doing. This is pretty much what I do with every activity we do and something I will continue until they can fully verbal.
This activity is also great for Colour Recognition, Language Development, Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Emotional Development, Visual Perception, Cognitive Development, Imaginative and Sensory Play.
This activity is ideal for 18 month old toddlers to 4 year old preschoolers.
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- Ziploc Gallon Storage Bags
- Baby Oil
- Blue Food Colouring
- Under the sea toy such as fish, starfish, sea shells, sea turtles, sharks, whales, seahorses, dolphins
- Duct Tape