Whether you visit the beach this summer or not, you can help your toddler experience the beach with a beach sensory water bag. This sensory activity is also a great opportunity for toddlers to gain new vocabulary. Here's how we made our super simple super sensory activity!
Begin by gathering your water bag supplies:
Gallon size plastic storage bags
Assorted items to add to your bag (ie. Shells, stones, glass pebbles, ocean toys)
You will also want to find books on a beach theme. This will be especially helpful for your child to gain vocabulary if you are not able to visit the beach. A good book can take your child all kinds of new places!
One beach themed book that is perfect for toddlers is Sea, Sand, Me by Patricia Hubbell. You can find a review of the book here as well as a full list of beach themed books and reviews.
Prepare the Activity:To prepare the activity cover three sides of the storage bag with duct tape leaving the zippered side open. This will minimize leaking.
Create the Sensory Water BagShow the book to the child. Do a picture walk of the book. Orally label ocean objects. Read the book together. Help the child to recall objects he or she would find at the sea.
Allow the child to add objects to the plastic storage bags.
Add water to the bag. Zip closed and tape securely.
Leave the bag flat for play. Allow the child to pok e the items and move them through the water.
Give clues such as, “Touch the blue clam.”
The bags will leak a small amount of water so be sure to play on a surface that is waterproof.
These bags can be made by an adult for a young baby. They are great fun on a high chair. Water bags are a fun sensory activity for birth through preschool aged kids! (Maybe even older kids will love it, I had a lot of fun making these with the boys!!)
If you don't have any small ocean toy or if you would like to make a complete classroom set, you might be interested in my ocean themed unit. There is a whole page of ocean animals that you can print, laminate, and cut. Add them to your bags with some shells and rocks and your entire class can enjoy this activity! The unit also includes beach themed books, games, early reader books, and journal pages. You can purchase the unit in my teachers pay teacher store!
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