These pint-sized sensory bags are just right for little hands, and can be played with in multiple ways.
To make the filling mixture for the bags, combine 1 cup cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, and 4 cups cold water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture starts to become clearer and thickens. It will be almost like Vaseline!
Remove from heat and cool completely. From here, I spooned it into snack-sized zip-top bags. Add a few drops of food coloring to each. I used six bags to get the full rainbow.
Seal the bags and run under water to remove any mess on the outside, then squish with your hands until the color is incorporated. Now you have the perfect squishy bags for small hands!
Veronika was immediately enthralled with the bags. She loved picking them up and squishing in her hands.
She could pile them up, or lie one flat on the ground and press her hands down into it.
Then she had some imaginative game going on for quite some time that involved transferring them from one pile to another and flinging them behind her back. She also loved hiding them under a dish towel and then uncovering them.
At one point I got down at her level to talk about the colors she was holding, but for the most part, she played solo, quite happily.
Needless to say, these were tons of fun in a small package.