Do you ever find yourself asking the question “what is a sensory bin?” I’m sure you see them all over Pinterest and Google but you really have no idea what they are and why people use them. Well here is a post for you – I’m going to break it all down for you and even show you how simple it is to make sensory bins home.Continue reading
Sensory balloons – otherwise known as stress balls – are a great addition to sensory play. You can mold, squish and manipulate them. I love when my kids bust them out because they’re a great stress reliever for me, too!
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If you search on Pinterest, these can be called “sensory balls.” I couldn’t bring myself to call them that – because I’m 10 years old.
Anywho, I bring you Sensory Balloons.
Like most of my activities, you can find these contents at the dollar store (The Dollar Tree, to be exact.)
If you check out my other post about sensory bin filler ideas, a lot of those little things can be put into balloons for sensory balloons. Here’s what we chose:
You also should grab a funnel because it will help you a lot – trying to do this without one is pretty frustrating. Just make sure you grab a funnel with a big enough hole for the beans.
The beans, cloud dough and rice went in best in small amounts. The play doh we just rolled into “snakes” (or, if you’re 10 years old like me, poop) and dropped them into the balloon. When they start to reach the top, blow up the balloon a little and then let the air out. Smush all the play-doh together at the bottom of the balloon. Then keep adding.
The water bead one was done one by one, but that’s only because I didn’t have a funnel near me and I’m lazy 😉
Dylan also wanted to make faces on his and who am I to tell him no? Go to town, bud.
I think I might actually make a few to sit at my desk – they are good stress relievers.
This little lady ran off with them while I was trying to snap some pictures. Trouble written all over her face. Don’t let her fool you.
If you try these out, please let me know in the comments!
And as always with my activities, please be smart 🙂 After I filled the balloon, I put it inside another balloon to be extra safe.
Ohhh sensory play. Sweet, sweet sensory play.
Just when I think I am going to do an activity that does not involve sensory play, something comes to mind from when I was teaching. And I can’t. Pull. Away.
When we played with this stuff, Dylan of course turned it into good guys and bad guys (because he’s a boy. And 4 years old). But he asked me to help him roll them into balls so he could cut them open with the plastic utensils I gave him. He also really enjoyed making it with me. He loves to measure things out and count with me. He especially loves pouring the ingredients into the bowl.
Please pay no attention to our outfit choice. He woke up wet so he was running around in a shirt and new dry underwear. I told him if he wanted to go outside, he had to put pants on. So he kept his pajama shirt on. Whatever.
Something that he mentioned during this one though that he never has was how it smelled. I think he really enjoyed the baby oil smell. I also added a few drops of a “Cheer Up Buttercup” essential oil blend. It smelled really good with the baby oil.
We were watching my mom’s dog and my sister’s dog when we did this activity. My mom’s dog really loved eating it. Like, really loved eating it. It was gross. I had to put him inside because he was having way too much fun eating this flour. He’s a strange, strange dog that will pretty much eat anything and will fight you for it. Actually, he’s a lot like Reagan.
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baby oil
- Few drops of essential oil (optional)
Mix everything together with a spoon or your hands. I found it a lot easier to control with my hands. If you need it to be a little more wet, just add more baby oil.
Reagan snacked on it also. I don’t recommend this. I kept taking it out of her mouth and trying to redirect her but it was a lost cause.
I promptly took it away and she got a sippy cup instead. Obviously she’s bothered by it.
This was the aftermath – definitely an outside activity.
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Sensory play is a hot topic around here. I love sensory bins, sensory bottles and these sensory bags with hair gel. They’re great for all ages, as my 8 month old and 3.5 year old loved them!Continue reading