Now I know I’m not the most creative when it comes to dreaming up ways to entertain my child. Sit me down with a pen and paper and I have the imagination of Van Gough, sit me down in front of a 12 week old and I just hope to god there’s a few Lamaze toys within arm’s reach.
So I felt lucky when, at play group this week, we were taught how to make laminated water bag thingys (yes, that is their official name).
To give you some context you combine a plastic lamination wallet, water or hair gel, an iron or hair straightners, and (basically) just whatever bits of crap you have lying around. On the day we used glitter and ribbon but you could easily make these using rice or string.
The end result might look a bit to naff to us but the babies at play group were in light and sound heaven. It combines lots of sensory elements without overwhelming their little minds.
It takes around 3 minutes to make at a cost of around £1 a bag depending on whether you use water or gel. You’re aiming for something that looks like this:
What you’ll need:
- Good quality lamination pouches. Amazon or eBay stock them, as do Staples. They usually come in packs of 100 so this is a good one to share out among friends.
- Water. I’d recommend the tap but other water sources are available.
- As an alternative to water you can use hair gel. Use any cheap kind from the supermarket.
- Glitter, string, streamers, rice, pasta…anything you can fit into a 3 inch hole (hehe).
- An iron. I don’t iron and don’t intend to start now. I used my straighteners.
What you’re doing:
- Seal the lamination pouch on three sides. On the open side seal the corners so you have an open funnel.
- Pour in your bits of crap. Use a spoon to push it down half way. Don’t worry about reaching the bottom as the liquid will do this for you.
- Fill with water or hair gel. Have some self control.
- Seal the open side.
- Do a little push test to make sure it doesn’t explode in your child’s face.
It really is that simple. Here’s one I made earlier for which I have my Blue Peter badge.
This is a great one to do with your mum friends on play dates. Not that they aren’t always thrilling but it’s good to have some variety.
Stay tuned for more sensory play ideas.
Next week I’ll be wrapping Noah and his bestie in foil once his mum has signed a disclaimer.
** Children MUST be supervised when playing with this item. Any signs of damage and you should throw away immediately. If your child has hulk like strength this may not be the toy for you **
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