Toothpaste and a large plastic bag make a fun sensory experience for children to feel, see, and create with. When I first introduced this to my five-year-old, she thought it was the most boring project ever...then she started playing with it, and she could not get enough! Now she is wise to the toothpaste fun and pulls out her sea creatures and stones to make beautiful mosaics.
First, add both tubes of toothpaste to the plastic bag and seal it up. In the past I have avoided all sticky mess and done this myself, but I knew the excitement my daughter would have to squeeze out an entire bottle of toothpaste...so today was her lucky day!
Once the bag's sealed and ready to go, lay it on a flat surface and place the stones and figurines alongside. Children seem to just start creating with these tools. My child explored the texture of the toothpaste through the bag and set up the animals for some imaginative play.
We used the toothpaste baggie for some fun math practice with the stones and also pattern building. It seems so simple, but we get so much out of it. I usually leave our toothpaste bag out for about a week. Just long enough for the kids to get bored with it.