Making Gel and Rice Sensory Bags

7/14/2014 / 8 comments
It is official! I am going back to Kindergarten this year!! :)  I am VERY excited to be back in K!

I wanted my first Monday Made It to be a back to Kindergarten project. I always used hair gel sensory bags with my kinders for letter/sound practice back in the day. However, I gave my old set to one of my colleagues last year when I switched to 5th. I decided to have this be my made it for the week. I am trying the rice for the first time too!

I went with the neon dye, but they are a bit more primary when you use only the hair gel.

I filled each bag up about a third of the way with gel and then squirted in some dye. These came out well when I only used one dye.

But, I must admit I tried to blend colors on the sixth bag and ended up with the dreaded blackish brownish bag!! That could be a result of my rapid fire dye squirting! Patience is not always one of my virtues when I craft! ;)

After adding the gel just squish away to blend both ingredients together. I added a piece of clear packing tape to the top so nothing will come oozing out!

Here is a close up of two of my favorites.

Next up we have the rice bags!

To dye the rice, I put a few tablespoons of water,  a squirt of dye and a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into a tupperwrare container. Next, I added about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of rice. For the first batch, I put the cover on and shook the container. The results were not pretty. After that I used a spoon to stir it together. This was a lot faster and way neater too!

Once I created a hue I liked, I drained off the liquid and put it in a bag. However they were way too wet. Since it was so gorgeous out I decided to use the sun! I spread each color on a paper towel (in a very thin layer) and let them sit outside for 10 minutes.

Lastly, they went into the bags and were taped up as well!

I wasn't sure that I was going to like how the rice worked, but I have to say it works well and feels so cool! I think these will be an excellent tool in stations and reading groups this year!

I am headed over to check out Tara's blog to see what everyone else has been up to creating this past week! Click the picture below for a link!


  1. I love them, especially the gel ones. I thought of doing this with glue last year but was so afraid the bags would leak. Keep us posted on how they hold up.

    1. Thanks! Ooh, I never thought of glue, I wonder how that would work? They actually held up great in the past, as long as I really modeled drawing with the pad of the finger vs the nail! :)

  2. I love these sensory bags and am wondering if I could use them as a station with my Grade 1's (I am moving to Grade 1 for the first time ever!) Thanks for the clear instructions and tips (like the packing tape!). I am happy that you are moving pack to K : )

    1. You're welcome! I have actually used them with first graders in the past and they really like it! :)

  3. I love the hair gel bags! I do this in my class as well. I have toddlers and we typically just use the bags a sensory items and squish away! The rice is a neat idea too. I may have to try that!


    1. I did see the ones with objects in them, they look so fun! The rice is great for the tactile aspect! :)

  4. Just love these:) Like so much I want one of my own to play with;0) Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Thanks! I must admit, they are rather addicting to play with!!


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