40 Fun Sensory Bags

Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure, and they are so easy to make! Earlier this week I featured four different sensory bags that I’ve introduced to my one-year-old (filled with beads, shells, squishy sparkles, or glow sticks).sensory bags

Now it’s time to take a look at all the other great ideas for sensory bags out there! I am seriously impressed with all of the incredible ideas people have come up with for how to play with (and learn from) sensory bags — from tummy time to giant waterbeds to practicing pre-writing skills, and everything in between!

Check out the categories and titles below to find something that suits your fancy. Or pin this post so you can come back later…too much fun stuff!

The Basics: 

1. Sensory Bag for Tummy Time from Plain Vanilla Mom

2. Sensory Water Bag for Babies from The Activity Mom

3. Sensory Nibble Bag for Babies from Quaint Oaks

4. Bright and Colorful Sensory Bags for Preschool from Teach Preschool

5. Soapy Sparkle Squish Bag from Growing a Jeweled Rose

6. Shaving Cream Sensory Bag from Growing a Jeweled Rose

7. Paint Mixing in Bag from The Chocolate Muffin Tree

8. Baby Oil Sensory Bag from Play Based Learning

9. Sand and Water Sensory Bag from Play Based Learning

Group Fun:

10. DIY Sensory Bag Creation Stations from Fit Kids Club

11. Super Sensory Bag Table from Baby Centre UK

Larger Than Life: 

12. Giant Squishy Sensory Bag from Go Kid Yourself

13. I-Spy Redneck Waterbed from Play at Home Mom

14. Outdoor Water Sensory Bag from Growing Our Family (with video!)

Ocean Themed:

15. Ocean Squish Bag from Growing a Jeweled Rose

16. Ocean in a Bag Sensory Craft from Crafts and Art for Children

17. Beach Themed Squish Bag from Growing a Jeweled Rose

18. Squishy Fishy Aquarium Bag from Teach Preschool

19. Baby Oil Aquarium Sensory Bag from Playing House in Maryland

20. Ocean Window Sensory Bag from Activities for Preschoolers

Other Themed:

21. Butterfly Sensory Bags for Preschoolers from Teach Preschool

22. Outer Space Sensory Bag from Familylicious

23. Slimy Eyes Halloween Sensory Bag/Suncatcher from hands on : as we grow

24. Simple Watermelon Suncatchers from Teach Preschool

25. Aloe Vera Googly Eyes Sensory Bag from Familylicious

26. Molasses Cinco de Mayo Sensory Bag from Carrots are Orange

27. Sugar Scrub Foam Fruit Sensory Bag from Familylicious

28. Color in a Bag from Family Fun

29. Touch of Fall Sensory Guess Bags from Pleasantest Thing


30. Glowing Water Sensory Bags from Growing a Jeweled Rose

31. Glowing Paint Sensory Bags from Growing a Jeweled Rose

32. Glowing Soapy Sparkle Squish Bags from Growing a Jeweled Rose


33. Sensory Bag Maze with Finger from Activities for Preschoolers

34. Sensory Bag Maze with Ball from Baby Centre UK

35. Sensory Bag Fish Matching from Baby Centre UK

36. Sensory Bag Number Matching from Activities for Preschoolers

37. Eye Spy Alphabet Squish Bag from Growing a Jeweled Rose

38. Sensory Glitter Bag for Pre-Writing from Play at Home Mom

39. Sensory Writing Mats from Familylicious

40. Paint Bags for Writing with Q-Tips from Bright Starts of CNY

Which ones are your favorites, and what else can you put in a sensory bag?

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  1. Wow! What a great post! I am very happy to have many ideas now for my toddler daughter 🙂 And a heartfelt thank you to have included my posts with sensory bags 🙂 Have an excellent day!

  2. I am wondering what bags you use. Often, the children at my daycare spend a lot of time trying to open the bag or step on it. I don’t stop them from trying to open it, I just like to make it sturdy with tape. What bags do you use, and if you encounter this problem what do you do?

  3. What a great list!! Thanks for including our DIY Sensory Bags Creation Station. We’re at it again, this time with Fall Sensory Bags! Pinning this to our sensory board. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • You’re welcome. I think the stained glass ones are pretty great for those who avoid touching because they look really cool too. You might try “cooking in a bag” activities as well. There are recipes out there to make play dough, cookie dough, bread dough, etc. by mixing and squishing it in a big bag. Maybe your son would enjoy that, plus it would give him a chance to contribute to the cooking process (something that’s normally messy) while also getting some fine motor strengthening and discussion about measurements, ingredients, etc. And when it’s done, he can eat it. A win all around!

      • What a great idea with the cooking bags!!! I’m an early intervention specialist working with young infants and toddlers with a wide variety of sensory needs. This is wonderful for us!

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  8. These are great! I work with a lot of kids who have oral sensory aversions that lead to feeding difficulties. I’d like to try putting fruit (blackberries, raspberries, pears, orange slices, etc) in a bag and have the children squish the fruit to explore the texture without actually having to get messy or eat it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Oh my gosh, what a brilliant idea, Sarah! I have some similar kiddos on my caseload, I’ll have to try it also and check back in. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Thanks for all of these awesome ideas compiled! So this is more like an extension of the idea… one of my favorite gross motor activities for toddlers and I haven’t found any blogs about it so far but here goes: Sensory Jug Carrying – choose a large plastic jug with a handle on top (think Hawaiian Punch maybe). Fill it with your choice of attractive, interesting goodies like colored water, glitter water, sand, rice, whatever. Glue the lid on. Choose a location on the floor and make a tape square with colored electrical tape on the floor to fit the jug. Ideally it would match the lid color or water color. Put an identical tape square on the floor elsewhere in the room/area. The toddlers will just carry them back and forth from square to square getting their movement needs met and impressing themselves with their ability to carry something heavy. You can have 2 or 3 different jugs if you’d like. Every seen a blog that mentions this?

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  15. Thanks for the fab links! Love finding new sensory play blogs, had no idea that you could have so much fun with sensory bags…the list is endless! Cheers, Julia 🙂

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So, whadya think?