With Little Miss M added to our mix, we are finding it harder and harder to be able to keep up with our homeschool schedule and work. It seems we are always playing catch up or trying to make up stuff we had to miss. At the rate we have been going, we will be lucky to finish our school work by the end of June and that just makes me cringe. I know. I know. We are not on a time frame but I love my summer breaks. If I don’t get one, I will be soooo crabby. I am fairly certain I won’t be the only one.
So, I decided that enough is enough and took to Pinterest. I needed options, I needed major help. Thank goodness I did because I came across these nifty little activities for babies and toddlers called sensory bags. They are so easy to make and consist of simple things like water, baby oil gel or aloe vera gel and items such as buttons, wiggly eyes, sparkle rhinestones and other little flat trinkets that won’t bust the bags.
Once you feel the bag with the liquid of your choice and add the items then you seal the bag and you can use tape and tape it to a table, a high chair or in my case, a plastic plate so we can use it in multiple places. Here is our first sensory bag:
I used some cheap green aloe vera gel from the Dollar Tree and different sized wiggly eyes and buttons I had in my craft supplies in our classroom. So far Little Miss M has loved this. As you can see, I taped it using some packing tape so it would be much harder for her to pick at or pull off. She loves the squishy, soft feel of the gel as she moves around trying to get to the objects inside and she also loves to lay her cheek on it sometimes because it always stays cool to the touch.
While we will need to have other options for her so they continue to spark her interest, this has given us some great help for now and I am hoping that we will find other awesome ways to keep her engaged and entertained so that we can make our homeschool days a bit easier. I guess you could say that we are officially launching our very own baby school. Desperate times and all.
What ways do you keep your babies entertained so you can school your other children? I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas or things that have worked for your family too.
Until next time!
In Christ’s Love,