Edit: Found the site which inspired our activity It's here!
I saw a great blog a few days ago on sensory play that's less messy. I can't find the link now but if I come across it again I'll post it. Basically a lot of the learning experiences Nolan is having now involve big messes. I'm pretty sure that's going to be the case for a while with a little boy!!
For those times when I just don't have the time to clean him up afterwards, I've been looking for cleaner play that will keep him entertained. In came the idea of sensory bags. Basically you take the fun messy stuff and out it in a ziploc bag instead. They get the squishy feelings and such but none of the mess.
Knowing my boy prefers this though...
Instead I used our FoodSaver and double sealed each end of the bag. Of course he could still poke them but the chance of him plain ole opening the bag is much less!
Our first go is water, baby oil, and a little coloring. Nolan like to flip it up and down and see the different patterns. He nudges and pokes it too.
This morning I decided to make some finger paint in one. Basically I added the ingresdients (powdered milk, water, coloring) to the bag and sealed. Now as he plays with it he'll mix it up himself. Once he is done with it we'll open and paint! The color isn't super bright as I'm waiting on food coloring to come in the mail and used a bit of purchased finger paint to get some color.
None the less Nolan is having a blast with his clean toys!!