Often, I’ve filled these sensory bags with hair gel. And I usually don’t have that one hand and buy it just for sensory bags. Not too long ago Tina, a member of The Activity Room, shared a fantastic alternative for these sensory bags.
Tina suggested Jello.
How awesome of an idea is that?
It’s something I often have on hand (though I never seem to ever make it…) and plus its edible. So in case your toddler chews a hole in the baggy, they won’t be eating chemicals!
I made it a priority to try this out and share it with you. The result is almost identical to the hair gel.
Obviously though, it takes a bit of prep. You have to make the Jello ahead of time. Which my kids love doing this with me.
We made three batches of Jello, two to play with and one to eat later that night.
I then let it lay flat in my fridge until it cooled off.
When it cooled off, I added in the googly eyes to make this a slimy eyes sensory bag. However, you could stick anything in at this point (we’ve done buttons before).
And then lay it in the fridge to finish setting up.
We probably didn’t let it set up completely so it was still a bit soft.
I do want to say this. Lay your sensory bags flat in a sheet pan in your fridge. We had a leak and my fridge was covered in red Jello.
Also, you may want to double bag it. If you do that, you’ll need to tape the inside bag to the outer bag, so it doesn’t fall down when you hang it up. (We didn’t double bag it, and had a little stickiness later on… but that was mostly because of our leak.)
Then I taped it on a window for the kids to explore.
The boys thought it was fantastic!.
They liked to try to get all the googly eyes up to the top, and then wipe them back down.
George and Louis raced each other to see who could do it. I don’t think they ever successfully got all the eyes to the top before they slid down though.
It looks awesome in the sunlight and feels cool on their fingers!