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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.

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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.

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Supplies Needed:

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

Instructions:

  • 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.
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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!

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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.

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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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