Lava Lamp Sensory Bags

Rosie had so much fun with the glowing oil and water experiments 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.

Lave Lamp Sensory Bags
Amazing Lava lamp sensory bags- these are easy to make and allow kids to explore in a variety of ways.  Learn colors, explore the Science of liquids, create artful masterpieces and MORE!  (Bonus:All the mess is contained)
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A FUN way to explore the Science of liquids

These lava lamp sensory bags are so neat!  Adults and kids alike find it hard to put them down.  While I made them with Jewel specifically in mind, both girls LOVE these sensory bags.

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These sensory bags are so easy to put together.  We used sandwich size zip seal bags and baby oil.  I prefer using baby oil because it is clear, but any oil will do.  All you have to do is fill each bag 1/4- 1/3 with baby oil.  Then add 1-4 tablespoons of glowing homemade water colors.  We added varying amounts for different effects.  The water colors are a simple mix of water and glow in the dark and/or fluorescent paint (see full tutorial here).  If you use glow in the dark paint you will need to charge the bags by a light source just before play.  If you use fluorescent paint you will need a blacklight.

Seal the bags, making sure to squeeze as much air as you can out.  Then secure the top of the bags with clear packaging tape, and that's it.  Then it is time to PLAY & explore!

Amazing lava lamp sensory bags

As kids play with and squish the lava lamp sensory bags they will bubble up.  The more the kids play the more bubbles will form

Lava lamp sensory bags

Amazing lava lamp sensory bags

Lave lamp sensory bags

This is such a fun way for kids to explore the Science of liquids, or in Jewel's case, learn their colors

Lave lamp sensory bags

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

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.

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.  I always bring these out at times when I am available to supervise, and then I put them away for future play.  

Lava 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!

Mess free sensory, art, & Science exploration for kids!

Click the photos below to see the other sensory bags we have made:

Glowing Sensory BagsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas     sensory bags
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