Updated: Mar 31, 2020
From Art to Sensory, there are a million MESS FREE ways you can utilize Ziploc Bags.
What ages can utilize these activities?
ALL ages! Newborns can enjoy (supervised) tummy time on a squishy service and big kids will love writing or drawing in a unique way!
What in the world can my child (safely) do with a plastic bag?
Ziploc Bags are a great way to turn most sensory and art activities into a mess free experience.
Freezer gallon sized bags are thicker and hold up much better.
Avoid bags with the zippers and look for the press and seal for less leaks.
For super special and bigger scale activities you can find 2, 3, and even 10 gallon bags.
Do your best to get all air out of the bag before sealing.
Trim your little ones nails before trying these activities, those tiny nails are razor sharp and can easily rip bags.
Tape your bag down to the table or floor with painters tape. Duct tape is great but often rips the bag!
For Toddlers, try:
Mess Free Finger Painting
Draw letters and shapes and erase by wiping over (try adding in a q-tip as a writing utensil)
Shaving Cream - a soft sensory experience
Mess free slime - place ingredients inside the bag and mix it inside!
Things from nature…(flowers, sticks, leaves in the fall….)
Make a piece of art to keep: place a piece of paper and squirt 1-3 paint colors inside of the bag
Oil and Water
Draw circles on the outside of the bag, fill the bag with water and beads or buttons; move the objects inside of the circles.
Hair gel, castor oil, and other liquids make for interesting textures inside!
Put it on the ground and explore with your toes!
Hang it on a window and enjoy the sun coming in through the bag!
For Babies/Younger children, try:
Different temperature water to crawl on (watch out for chewing or biting the bag!)
Oil and Water
An object inside of the bag that they can move around (pom pom ball, drinking straws, buttons, paper, etc)
Mess free painting!
Pom Pom/Cotton Balls and other textured items.