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DIY Toddler Squishy Bag Activity

by Ivy B

Staying at home with your children has it’s pros and cons.  One of the biggest struggles as a stay at home mom is keeping my kids active and not relying on the same things day in and day out.  But, I know how easy it is to get stuck in a rut.  So, it’s important for me to seek ways to mix it up at home.  And, the only way I seem to be able to do that, with any luck, is when I settle on EASY things to do.  Today, I want to share a quick recipe for a toddler squishy bag … the longest part of the whole do-it-yourself is waiting for the gel to cool!

The best part is, you can start cooking this when your toddler lays down for a nap.  Depending on how long he naps, it might even be ready for play when he wakes up.

DIY Toddler Squishy Bag recipe and instructions for a fun toddler activity
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Toddler Squishy Bag Recipe

Supplies Needed for a Toddler Squishy Bag

Ingredients and supplies for a toddler squishy bag

1 gallon Ziploc storage bag
Measuring cups
Corn Starch
Food Coloring
Measuring spoon
Pot and Spoon
Free-standing food storage bag holder (I use Jokari Hands-Free Baggy Rack)



Boil 3 cups water on the stove.

Cornstarch for toddler squishy bag

While water is coming to a boil, mix about 6 Tbsp corn starch with cold water to make a thick liquid (it will look like runny glue).  Stir up and try to get as much of the chunks out as you can.

When the water on the stove is boiling, turn heat down just a bit and begin slowly stirring in the corn starch mixture.

Mixing cornstarch with boiling water for toddler squishy bag

Continue stirring the mixture at a low boil until it’s thickened into a gel-like consistency.

The cornstarch mixture is more like gel at this point

Remove pot to cool spot and mix in 8 – 12 drops of food coloring.  Let cool completely.

Add food coloring to make the toddler squishy bad a color of your choice

Once the mixture is cooled, dump it into the storage bag and make sure to zip it up tight!

Dump the gel into the ziploc bag and zip up tight for your toddler!

Playing with the toddler squishy bag

Toddler playing with his new toddler squishy bag

I found myself drawn to the bag and was really excited for my son to play with it after nap.  Unfortunately, he just wasn’t having it.  He let me place his hands on the bag and squish it.  Then, he proceeded to slap it and pick it up to throw it.  “Ball?”  No son, it’s not a ball.  Then, he pushed it away and screamed at me when I tried to give it back for him to play with.

What a complete waste of time.  At least … for him.  I found the bag therapeutic.  I caught myself playing with it every time I passed it by.  So, not a complete waste, right?

I’m going to chalk the “failure” up to my son’s age.  He was only 13 months when I did this with him

Have you ever made a toddler squishy bag?  How did it go over?

Toddler squishy bag recipe and instructions. The activity turned into a mommy therapy/sensory activity instead of a toddler activity
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