::: a mixed bag
Last weekend we had an enquiry on our Irresistible Ideas Facebook page about uses for clear hair gel. Our instant thought was to use it as a sensory experience – just as you would finger paint. It smells okay (kind of) and it feels cool, sticky and gooey … yep sounds like a great idea to us.
Sometimes however, we have children who are overly sensitive to sensory situations! You will not find these children diving into the fingerpaint or sloppy clay, they won’t be smearing pain from their fingertips up to their arm pits, they may never even venture into your sand pit.
These are therefore the children with the greatest need for sensory experiences. Over the years, we have discovered, usually out of need for these children, that if it can be touched and smeared and rubbed and slopped and enjoyed by very sensory children then it can be provided to our non sensory children with a little … shall we say …
protection. We LOVE zip lock bags!
Sand and water – in it goes!
Finger paint – in it goes!
Regular paint – in it goes too!
Remember it’s not just our hands that like these sensory experiences. These sensory bags allow for an all over body experience and don’t forget about feet either – especially for our very little friends!
Now for the hair gel – in it goes!
By adding a few little treasures like button, marbles, bugs and insects you can really enhance the children’s experience. Here we picked up a packet of tiny erasers from the Reject Shop for $2 and they were perfect for the hair gel bag …
no sharp or pointy bits to pierce the plastic!
By adding some food colouring you can make things even more interesting. The gel being so dense and oily, does not distribute the colour easily so the children will have a fabulous time trying to mix the colours together.
While we were at it we made up a sensory bag using baby oil. We prefer baby oil as opposed to vegetable oil as it is completely colourless.
This time we added some coloured water as well. Naturally the oil and water don’t mix which adds a lovely bit of science to the experience.