Thursday, July 30, 2009

Make An Ocean In A Bag


I love simple crafts
that keep the kiddos busy
during "arsenic hour".

By "arsenic hour", I am referring to that
window at our house from 5-6ish
waiting for dad to get home from work,
while dinner is finishing
and mama and babies are tired!

This is one of those random crafts
that just popped into my head
during a recent "arsenic hour"
and it was such a big hit,
I wanted to share it with all of you.

I helped each of my girls make an
Ocean In A Bag.


We grabbed two of our re-used
gallon zip lock bags
(yes I wash and save mine
like my grandma washes and saves bread bags!)

Mom peace-making tip:
I labeled them with a sharpie
so there wouldn't be fighting among the girls
about which one was theirs.

Then, we raided my art room stash
and found foam ocean critter stickers
(dolphins, starfish, fish, etc)
to stick inside AND outside the bag.

Then we added a
small scoop of mini seashells
(also in my stash from making ocean boxes)

Followed by a
scoop of dry sand
from our sand table.

Then we added several pumps of white hand lotion
and a few drops of blue food coloring.

We zipped them shut,
the girls started gently massaging their bags
and viola, instant
ocean in a bag mini habitat
that is also a sensory experience.

You can trace letters/shapes
in the sand goo through the plastic bag.

Be careful not to pop them
(don 't leave too much air)
and sharp shell edges can rip
so, I wouldn't do this on white carpet or a couch!

Kept them busy for the 45 minutes I needed
harmony and peace in our home.

This was a great activity
because BOTH girls (ages 6 and 2.5)
could fully participate in it!


(Mini-Saurus adding shells to her bag)

20 comments:

Amanda said...

I LOVE this and will definitely have to add it to our to do list! Where did you find the tiny shells?

mrsb said...

Oh, that's cute!

Pink & Green Mama said...

I got the tiny shells from Oriental Trading Company (OTC)...of course this means I have a lifetime supply! : ) MaryLea

Stephanie said...

Brilliant idea!! And so cute.
We call it The Witching Hour around here. :)

Mama King said...

Like the labeling tip...always important! This looks fun. i like anything that the making is just as fun as the playing. Great project!

Christy said...

Fantastic!

welovetucker said...

What a great idea. Thank you for sharing, I am tagging this one to try it later.

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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I love the term "arsenic hour". We have that hour here too, lol. I've been thinking of planning some sensory-type activities for my son to keep him busy (out of my hair) while I'm making dinner and finishing things up. I'll definitely be adding this to my list!

La Dolce Vita said...

OK, so your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I just tried (and blogged about) two of your activities. We'll be doing this one too! Thanks for all the inspiration.

The arsenic hour? Halirious!

Ticia said...

Love the idea. We call it the witching hour.
I wonder if the craft would work with shaving cream as well.

Clemencia said...

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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I have to tell you I just love your blog. You have such great ideas, you do so many neat things with your kids, and I love your writing style! I gave you an award today on my blog: http://tiredneedsleep.blogspot.com/2009/07/what-honor.html

Amie Plumley said...

Fun idea! I always start off the school year in my kindergarten class with an "Under the Sea" theme - this will be perfect!

Susana said...

This is super! We are going to do this defiitely!!

How in the world did you think of this--so creative--LOVE IT!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Love the idea - I was thinking of making an ocean in a bottle, but in a way this one is better, because eventually they can retrieve their treasures back from the bag. Thanks for the tip!

The Activity Mom said...

Love this idea!

It's Me, Theresa said...

You know... whenever I'm bored.. I visit your blog and make-believe that I'm you and have all these WONDERFUL ideas! (is that creepy?... don't answer that!) I love this stuff though, seriously and force my kids to do it just so I can make them. (that's not true, my kids love this stuff!) I'm so happy I found this blog!

Brenna said...

Nice. Next week is Under the Sea theme week in summer camp. This will make a great sensory addition. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

love it next year is under the sea in my classroom and can't wait to do this

msanneelliot said...

I recently made something similar. I found the smaller 1 quart bag better than the big one gallon bag. Also the directions I used for called for hair gel. I didn't have hair gel so I used hand sanitzer and it worked wonderfully.

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