We love the book Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. Little Sister has yet to sit through the entire book, but it has always been one of my favorites to read with the boys. Yippee, Fiddle-de-Fee!
When we were doing our back to school shopping, I found these clear vinyl zippered pencil pouches for a dollar and knew they would be great for creating sensory bags. It has been a long time since we made a gel bag, but I figured Little Sister would think it was pretty neat. This Ten Red Apples Sensory Bag can be easily adapted for all ages. Young toddlers will enjoy squishing the gel bag and attempting to move the “apples” around. Older toddlers and preschoolers can act out the book or count the apples on the tree.
Here’s what you’ll need:
10 Small Red Pom-Poms
Washi tape (optional)
1. Cut out a trunk shape and leaves from the adhesive-backed craft foam.
2. Peel off the adhesive backing and secure the leaves and trunk together.
3. Secure the tree shape onto the bottom of the inside of the pencil pouch.
4. Use a spatula to add the gel. I ended up using 1 1/2 tubs of gel.
5. Drop the red pom-poms into the gel and seal.
6. Secure all the edges of the zippered pouch by folding duct tape in half and covering the front and back edges.
I fancied it up a bit with some red gingham washi tape.
Little Sister thinks it is pretty fun!
She loves trying to move the “apples” around.
I love that this activity will grow with her and something we can pull out every fall!