We have tried lots of ways to learn CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. I believe the more fun the activity is the more the child learns and this activity truly engages your child and their sense of touch.
A squish bag takes 5 minutes or less to put together and makes zero mess! This is a good choice of sensory play if your child doesn't like to get messy.
Here's what you'll need to make a bag of your own:
Large ziploc bag
Hair gel (any dollar store brand)
Here's how to set it up:
- Write the CVC words or any words, numbers or even shapes that your child might be learning onto a piece of paper.
- Fill the ziploc bag with hair gel, add water and a few drops of food coloring.
- Squish the bag to mix the gel, water and food coloring together. I really didn't measure how much gel and water. Start small with a few good squirts of gel and a little bit of water. This should give you a good idea of how much more you may or may not need.
- Use the tape and tape the bag over the sheet of paper with the words on it.
Once this is done your child is ready to squish away! My daughter loved moving the gel around to find the different 'hidden' words. Once she found a word I had her write it on another sheet of paper and sound it out.
This was a fun sensory activity where my daughter was also able to work on CVC words, writing skills and sounding out words.
A simple to setup activity which made learning CVC words lots more fun!
Here are a couple of other squish bags we had fun with:
"Under the Sea" bag filled with sea creatures and gems
Letters bag (used no food coloring)