Toddlers love these easy DIY winter sensory bags and balancing games! Try them out this season! Great for ages 2-4, these sensory activities are a must for Christmas!

How to make these easy and simple sensory bags for toddlers? Wonder no more and read below!

To create a simple water sensory bag is indeed pretty simple. For this purpose, you will need as a basis:

  1. Clear resealable plastic ziploc bag.
  2. Permanent marker.
  3. Duct tape.
  4. Fluid.
  5. Fillers.

About the question what fluid goes in sensory bags, there are some options. You can certainly use liquid soup or hair gel or even gel detergent. I prefer however to use tap water for two good reasons. First and foremost, it’s safer. If the bag gets damaged – it’s just water that comes out. Second and super important, it’s much more environmentally friendly. You can certainly reuse the plastic bag for new sensory bags and do not need to use chemicals such hair gel, detergent or liquid soup. If you need a gel like substance, you can use gelatine.

And fillers. Use your imaginations and experiment. From toe separators though buttons to beans, everything can be in fact a great filler.

Snowman sensory bag MATERIALS

What you need is:

  1. Clear resealable plastic ziplock bag.
  2. Permanent marker.
  3. Fillers:
  • Water
  • Few dry white beans
  • 1-2 cotton pads, cut into small snowflakes


  • Scissors
  • Duct tape


  1. Use the permanent marker to draw the bag decoration (snowman for example).
  2. Add the fillers and the water. Fill the ziplock bag to 1/3 with water, press out the air and seal it.
  3. Tape it with a duct tape to prevent leakage. You can tape it to a table or window.

Easy DIY Winter Sensory Bag

Easy DIY Winter Sensory Bag

In a first place these winter sensory bags are great for any fine motor activity and sensory play. Your little one can play with them indoors as well outdoors.

They are also so versatile! You can for example use them for simple math activities, matching, sorting games.

When your toddler finishes the activity, just pour out the water and dry out the beans, so you can reuse the bag and the beans for further activities again. Dry beans increase their volume when they are soaked in a water, so try not to leave them for hours in the sensory bag, if you want to reuse them.

Christmas Pom-pom Sensory bag

What you need is:

  1. Clear resealable plastic ziplock bag.
  2. Fillers:
  • Water
  • Few green Christmas Threes Decorations for DIY Cards
  • Red pom-pom in different sizes

This activity is great fine motor activity for young toddlers. Put a bigger pom-pom ball on the sensory bag and ask them to balance it out of the bag.

Santa Balancing Game

Super easy to set up, you need three things to set up the activity:

  1. Shoe box lid
  2. Santa Balancing Game Free Printable
  3. Play dough to form a small ball

More sensory bags ideas and more sensory activities? Check here.

Looking for fun Christmas preschool activities at home? Check out our Christmas Activities Special Busy Book Printable – Christmas Alphabet!

Christmas Winter Activities Busy Book

Happy Playing!