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Starry Night Sensory Bag

Starry Night Sensory Bag

Inspired by the famed painting, this easy sensory bag is a perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to recreate their own version of The Starry Night in a mess free way.


This easy sensory bag is so much fun for little hands to explore! It required only a few supplies and came together in minutes for my preschooler.  It was a perfect way to follow up an art lesson where we explored the work of Van Gogh and colored a fun beveled version of the painting together.


Supplies Needed:

  • Hair gel
  • Black decorative sand
  • Star shaped confetti
  • A zipper seal bag


  • Squirt about 4 tablespoons of hair gel into a zipper seal bag.
  • Add 1/4 cup of black sand into the hair gel.
  • Add as many star shaped confetti to the mix as you like!
  • Release the air from the bag before sealing it to avoid little hands popping the bag.

Naturally, Harper helped to assemble this project. She loved squirting the hair gel and touching the sand. But the real fun began after the supplies were added!


We love sensory play, but sometimes a super contained option, like this or the button sensory bag we had a ton of fun with, works best. 

This bag isn't made to last forever, but it can last for about a week with gentle hands. If you are worried about your little one smashing the bag open, you can reinforce the edges with duck tape.


These kind of bags are great because they engage the senses and offer an invitation to play; to squish and to explore. I have been known to offer activities like this on days when my preschooler is frustrated as a way to work out her irritations in a soothing, hands on way. 

We want to make this again with blue sand and yellow confetti stars to make a more accurate representation of the art, but we used what we had on hand and Harp LOVED the results!

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