Keeping Her Busy: Sensory Bag FAIL

Because it is nice (and funny) to actually see a project from Pinterest not turn out like the original perfect pin! This sensory bag project looked great until I mixed my toddler with a unzipped bag of hair gel! #fail #pinterestfail #naileditWell I attempted a project I saw from Pinterest…and I FAILED.

Sensory bags are all over the web and they seem to be a great sensory activity to keep your baby or kid busy. Babies can have a ball with sensory overload as they can squish the contents of the bag around. Toddlers can play a ‘where’s waldo’ while you can teach them colors, shapes and work on their words. To make them you basically fill a plastic bag (Ziplock) with gel and other items for your baby or toddler to find and/or feel once the bag is sealed. Big emphasism on ‘sealed’.

I picked up a cheap bottle of hair gel (under $2) and poured it in a plastic zip bag (not a Ziploc). I tossed in some plastic coins (from Target’s dollar spot), colored pipe cleaners (that I twisted into different shapes), colored pieces of foam (cut into different shapes), and a green bead necklace (cut into pieces & found in Target’s dollar section). I zipped it up and was excited to let Lily explore the bag and it’s contents.

She sat down at her table, poked the bag twice before she quickly grabbed it and squezed it really tight…she likes to give ‘hard’ hugs and kisses to everything. Well her hug plus a cheap brand of plastic bag (that I will never buy again) created a fountain of goo that went all over the table, her body and the floor.

Because it is nice (and funny) to actually see a project from Pinterest not turn out like the original perfect pin! This sensory bag project looked great until I mixed my toddler with a unzipped bag of hair gel! #fail #pinterestfail #naileditWhen Lily gets freaked out she freezes and let’s out a whine or cry….thank gosh she freezes or I would have had a trail of cheap hair gel all over my living room as she ran trying to escape the goo! Since it was a gel and not a liquid it was really easy to clean up.   So that’s a plus. Another positive…this was a cheap project! IF I decide to try this again I’m using duck tape to fully seal the bag!

Because it is nice (and funny) to actually see a project from Pinterest not turn out like the original perfect pin! This sensory bag project looked great until I mixed my toddler with a unzipped bag of hair gel! #fail #pinterestfail #naileditFor some giggles you should Google ‘pinterest fail’….my sensory bag is now part of that hall of fame.

And to see how these sensory bags actually work check out better examples at Teach Preschool or Growing a Jeweled Rose.

 
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  1. Emma commented:
    August 31, 2013 Reply

    I try things from Pintrest and fail often! However, you definitely win for the messiest fail! I think my 4-year-old would have loved if the bag exploded and turned her into a sticky mess – that would have just been twice as fun!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      September 3, 2013 Reply

      Emma- I think all the pretty images of crafts & recipes on Pinterest HAD to be the second, third of sixth attempt…right? Or at least I tell myself that every time I have a Pinterest fail!!!

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