Babies love to explore through their senses. Gelatin squish bags are the perfect way to allow baby to explore in a safe way, because the contents of these sensory bags are edible.
I had always wanted to try making a sensory bag for my baby, but was worried about holes getting poked in it and ending up with hair gel oozing out all over my house. The potential for mess was not my real concern, though. My real concern was that I knew that accompanying said mess would be my baby smearing his hands in it and then putting those sticky gelled hands into his mouth, and I think we can all agree that babies tasting hair gel is a dangerous thing. So, I created an edible sensory bag for babies. One with an edible filler.
Ok, so the bag itself is obviously not edible, but the contents of the bag make it edible. Given that your baby or toddler doesn’t have any food allergies, the filler for this squish bag is perfectly safe for babies to taste, and dare I say…eat…just in case the bag does get punctured during play.
The filler is Knox Gelatin (affiliate) . When mixed properly, gelatin has the same consistency as hair gel. It squishes, oozes and seeps. You can add some Wilton Kosher Icing Colors (affiliate) to it, too. Here’s how to make a gelatin squish bag that is just a perfect edible sensory bag for babies.
Materials needed to make an edible sensory bag for baby
How to make a gelatin squish bag
- Measure one cup cold water into a two cup measuring cup
- Add some food coloring to your desire. Mix.
- Add one packet of Knox Gelatin (affiliate) to the colored water. Mix.
- Allow gelatin to sit for about five minutes to set up.
- Carefully transfer the gelatin mixture to the quart size freezer bag.
- Add washi tape to the seal of the bag to prevent baby from trying to open it.
- Offer to baby and have fun!
***Note: the gelatin will continue to thicken a bit. If you find it is too thick, just add more water.***
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction