Homemade Feely Bag Toys Create Sensory Experiences

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 25-26 Month Old Toddler


  • Paper bag
  • Assorted small objects to feel
  • Crayon

Making the Toy

  • Write your child’s name in large letters with crayon on the paper bag. This lets her know that the bag is hers and gives her the idea of writing.
  • Choose some things she might enjoy feeling, and put them in a bag. Examples would be a smooth rock, a rough rock, a piece of wood, a piece of paper egg carton, some pieces of cloth, a feather, and so on.
  • Be sure the things you put in the bag are not sharp or dangerous.


  • Close the top of the bag, leaving a hole just big enough for the child’s hand. Ask your toddler to reach in and find something soft or hard or smooth or rough.
  • Ask her what she has found and help her learn to say, “I have found something hard” or “I have found something rough.”
  • You can turn this into a guessing game. Have your toddler reach in and touch something. Have her say, “I have found something soft. What is it?” or “I have found something hard. What is it?” Then you guess what it is. You can take turns guessing.

Learn more about Your Toddler: 25-26 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.