DIY Festive Sensory Bag

baby plays with festive sensory bag

Want to mix up playtime whilst also helping your little one develop their sense of touch and fine motor skills? Sensory bags are quick and easy to make, and your baby will love moving the different small objects around the bag. They are a brilliant to use during tummy time and they are mess free which is always a win!

This blog post will tell you all you need to know about how to make a festive themed sensory bag, but feel free to make your own designs - the types of sensory bags you can make are endless!

What will I need?

  • Bottle of Acetone

  • Cotton Wool or Kitchen Roll

  • Resealable Food Bag

  • Tape

  • An Assortment of Buttons

  • Permanent Marker

  • Tub of Hair Gel

Ingredients to make sensory bag


First you need to remove the labels from the resealable bag using the acetone and cotton wool. You should find it comes away easily.

You will be able to pick up a bottle of acetone from most supermarkets - you'll find it in the beauty section. I do recommend you use acetone not standard nail varnish remover as it makes it much easier to remove.

Now you can draw on your bag with your permanent marker. As we are making a festive themed sensory bag, I have drawn a Christmas tree shape on to mine. But you can draw any design you like!

Add your hair gel. I've chosen a bluey-green gel, but you could add food colouring and glitter to yours. As I've only made a small sensory bag a 200ml bottle of hair gel is more than enough. If you are filling a large bag you may need more.

Now to add the baubles! Add your buttons to the bag before sealing it up, making sure you squeeze out any air. Your sensory bag is complete!

christmas tree sensory bag

In order to prevent any leakages, you can also tape the opening shut and if using it on a smooth surface you can also tape it down to stop it sliding around. This will make it easier for your baby to move the objects around the bag.

The Result

There you have it, your very own festive sensory bag. Now see if your little one can arrange the baubles on the Christmas tree!

Made your own version? Post a picture in the comments, we'd love to see them!

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