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Wednesday 14 October 2015

DIY sensory pouches TUTORIAL

baby sensory pouches using laminate sheets

We have probably all seen various sensory pouches available for babies and young children - they are a great way to let your little ones explore different textures and materials safely and without any mess. I have made these in the past using ziplock bags, but it can be hard to stop them leaking. This version uses laminating sheets and you don't need a laminator to make them!

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DIY Sensory Pouches

Here is a quick video of how I made these sensory pouches: 

First of all, I cut my A4 laminating sheet in half to make a smaller pouch - you can make them any size you like, but this is a good size for small hands.

how to make laminate sensory pouches

Take your sheet of laminate and seal 3 of the sides with a pair of hair straighteners - make sure to leave one side open!

how to make laminate sensory pouches

You can now start to fill your pouch. The first thing I put inside this one is some googly eyes!

how to make laminate sensory pouches

I then added all of the following: Glitter, PVA, coloured water, oil

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squeeze out the excess air and then seal the final side with your straighteners

how to make laminate sensory pouches

Voila! The finished pouch...

how to make laminate sensory pouches

I also made another pouch using just oil, coloured water and glitter.
I also made a 'dry' pouch for small and delicate items which included skeleton leaves, feathers and a fabric heart.

how to make laminate sensory pouches

There are lots of different things you could include in a sensory pouch, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • baked beans
  • hair gel
  • tapioca
  • glitter glue
  • sequins
  • paint ( add a blob of different colours and let little fingers mix them together)
  • jelly
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt - squelchy mud and a deep cold river!
  • mess free slime - tutorial here
I like to make sensory pouches which act as a reminder of previous messy play activities such as like frog pond tuff tray or this honey bee tuff tray activity. 

Please be aware that these pouches do not last forever, especially if your little one likes to bite and scrunch things! To be extra sure of no leaks you can also add sellotape to the edges as extra security. Please don't leave young children unattended.

More home made project ideas here:

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