Not sure if this idea was mentioned but here goes. I made 8 sensory bags using zip- lock bags. In it I squeezed a little bit of hair gel, through in a rubber insect (1 per bag) and used clear packing tape to reinforce the zip lock. I was teaching 7 rambunctious two year olds that day and was able to hold their attention for 15 min. It could have been longer but it was enough time to get diapers changed.
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They were memorized by touching, seeing an insect and the different colors of each. I tried to implement god created all animals including insects. We went over colors, texture such as soft, slippery, squishy etc. and described temperature as in cool to touch this was hands down a winner!
I was called to sub last minute and was able to put this together in 30 min. I used what was on hand, my 3 yr olds rubber bugs, the bags, tape and gel. All of which you can find at the dollar store if your on a budget. I recommend using food coloring to add intensity and variation. Also use different objects to put in such as glitter, sequence, erasers of different figures .
Towards the end I did have one bag spill out but easy clean up and my tots found that more fun.
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