Lava Lamp Sensory Bags

Rosie had so much fun with the oil & water experiments we tried the other day.  I wanted baby Jewel to be able to get in on the fun, so I made a set of lava lamp sensory bags perfect for tiny tots to explore.

Lava Lamp 
Sensory Bags
LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  We couldn't put them down!

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These lava lamp sensory bags are so neat!  My whole family found them hard to put down.  While I made them with Jewel specifically in mind, both girls loved these sensory bags!

Materials
Method
  • These sensory bags are so easy to put together!  We used sandwich size bags and baby oil.  I prefer using baby oil, because it is clear, but you can also use cooking oil.  
  • Fill each bag 1/4- 1/3 with baby oil.  Then, add 1-4 tablespoons of neon water colors.  We added varying amounts for different effects.
LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  My whole family couldn't put them down!
  • Seal the bags, making sure to squeeze as much air out as you can.  Then, secure the top of the bags with clear packaging tape.
That's it!  Then, it's time to play!

LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  My whole family couldn't put them down!

As kids squish and play the lava lamp sensory bags will bubble and ooze.  The more that kids play the more OoZiNg bubbles that will form

LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  My whole family couldn't put them down!

Lave lamp sensory bags
Lava lamp sensory bags.  Such a fun way for kids to explore the Science of liquids.  Smaller kids can learn colors, great for sensory play, and mess free FUN!

This is such a fun way for kids to explore the science of liquids!  It's also a great way for little ones to learn and review their colors

LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  My whole family couldn't put them down!

Rosie loved squishing the bags to create artful masterpieces.  Here, she was ecstatic to have made a bunny

Lava lamp sensory bags

And here, a snake

Amazing lava lamp sensory bags

Rosie and Jewel love sensory bags, but I think these just might be their favorite of all time!  These are awesome in the dark but also FUN in the light.  Use glow in the dark paint varieties to make glow in the dark lava lamps or fluorescent paint to make UV reactive lava lamp sensory bags.

More on the Science of why oil and water do not mix can be found here.

Note- Baby oil is not meant for ingestion or inhalation.  I recommend supervising kids during play to avoid the bags ripping and to ensure they are handling the bags properly.  
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LAVA LAMP SENSORY BAGS- these are SO NEAT!  My whole family couldn't put them down!
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