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Sensory Play Squishy Bags

SENSORY PLAY SQUISHY BAGS

June 5, 2024
Article Written By:
Tequila
Assistant Educator at Kids Club Hamilton
Meet Tequila, a dedicated advocate for imaginative and engaging exploration play. With a passion for setting up room environments that foster curiosity, she creates spaces where children can grow, interact meaningfully with peers and Educators and engage hands-on in their learning journey.

Explore Sensory Play Squishy Bags with your child, a hands-on activity that enhances fine motor skills and letter recognition. Using simple ingredients, you can create a tactile surface for kids to practice writing letters and numbers.  

Beyond traditional writing tools, these squishy bags offer an interactive way to boost early writing skills while also familiarising them with colours and shapes.  

Items and Equipment Needed

  • 1 cup of flour 
  • 6 tablespoons of water 
  • Food colouring 
  • Zip-lock lunch bags (22cm x 22cm) 
  • Sticky tape 
  • Small mixing bowl 

Method/Steps

This step-by-step process will show you how to prepare your Sensory Play Squishy Bags:

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, food colouring, and water until blended.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a zip-lock bag.
  3. Lay the bag flat, removing any excess air to prevent bubbles.
  4. Seal the bag, double-checking for holes, and reinforce the opening with sticky tape.

Final Words or Additional Information

If you’re looking for a way to mix play with learning try Sensory Play Squishy Bags, it can help with:

Physical Development:

  • Fine Motor Skills: When kids squish and squeeze, they’re honing the motor skills they’ll later use for writing.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Guiding their fingers to create letters or shapes improves their coordination.

Cognitive Growth:

  • Letter & Number Recognition: Practicing the alphabet or writing their name on the squishy surface helps with letter recognition.
  • Colour & Shape Introduction: By adding different food colourings, kids can also learn about colours and shapes.

Psychological Benefits:

  • Boosted Confidence: Successfully shaping letters or forms can give them a sense of accomplishment.
  • Creativity & Exploration: Mixing ingredients and choosing colours allows them to express themselves.
  • Engagement Without Screens: In a world dominated by screens, squishy bags offer tactile, hands-on enjoyment. It’s an interactive way to practice writing without the usual paper and pencil, making learning feel like play.