Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How to Make a Beach Water Sensory Bag for Preschoolers

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! 
Photo Sensory Activity, How to Make a Water  Bag

Begin by gathering your water bag supplies:

 Gallon size plastic storage bags
 Duct Tape
 Water
 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.
Photo Sensory Activity, water bag, preschool,  How To Tape the Plastic Bag for the Water Bag

Create the Sensory Water Bag 

Show 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.
photo of objects to add to water sensory bag for preschoolers

Allow the child to add objects to the plastic storage bags.
Add water to the bag. Zip closed and tape securely.
Photo Ocean Themed Sensory Water Bag for Preschoolers

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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  1. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  2. Jackie, I pinned this nice idea. It would keep kids busy a long time. Hey, I thought, it might float in the tub or kiddie pool, too. Nice step by step directions, I always appreciate those. Carolyn

  3. Love this idea - I've never been able to keep a sensory bag for long before it explodes though!

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you there again next week!


  4. I love it! My little guy absolutely loves working with water, but it can get pretty messy sometimes. I think he'd really enjoy the bags.

  5. What a great idea, Jackie! I love the many uses and ages this works for! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Ocean Unit Study Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/ocean-unit-study/

  6. Love this and we love the book too. Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!! Hope to see you again soon :)

  7. This looks like a lot of (clean) fun! We may have to try this soon!