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Multisensory DIY Gel Board for Drawing and Writing

Have you ever had a teacher who incorporated multisensory learning into your lessons?  Are those the classes and projects you remember the most?  My answer is definitely yes. This post will show you how to make a simple multisensory gel board that keeps kids engaged.

As a reading tutor and a previous homeschool mom, I have found that keeping kids engaged is key to keeping them learning.  Multisensory activities enhance memory and learning.

multisensory gel board

I have seen many versions of this DIY gel board online, and I instantly fell in love with it when I saw one.

My preschool and kindergarten phonics students have particularly loved this.  It’s a fun way to learn to write letters (or for making fun patterns!)

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(The links below may be different from the actual products I used. I found most of these items at the dollar store. I found the foam board and duct tape at a craft store.)

A gallon size zip lock bag 

A piece of foam board, slightly larger than your bag

Hair gel (about 5-6 ounces)

Food coloring

Fun duct tape

Packing tape

Here’s How to Make a Multisensory Gel Board:

  • Cut the foam board into a square, slightly larger than the size of your bag.
  • Tape the bag to the foam board, on three sides, with the duct tape (before filling it with the hair gel), leaving the top of the bag open. Cover the bag with the clear contact paper, (again, before filling it with the hair gel.)  Be sure not to seal over the top of the bag yet. (Some people will omit the contact paper step, and it will still work if you do.  The contact paper, though, will help decrease the chances of the bag tearing from a fingernail, etc.)
  • Squeeze the hair gel into the bag, and add a few drops of food coloring. Fill to the edges of the bag, getting the gel into the corners. You basically just want to coat the inside of the bag.
  • Next, close the bag almost completely, leaving a little corner open for the air to escape, and then gently move the air bubbles up the bag with your hand.
  • Close the bag completely, and seal the top of the bag with clear packing tape.
  • Finally, seal the top again with the 4th strip of duct tape.


  • For a more portable board, you could use a quart size bag, with a smaller piece of foam board.
  • You could also just make a temporary version of this project, for supervised use, without the foam board. Just fill a zip lock bag with the gel and food coloring, tape the top, and place the bag over a white piece of paper to use.  
  • Also, as you can see in the photo, I didn’t wrap the duct tape over the edges of the board, but it would look better if I had!    

How will you use yours?

Linking to:

Skip to My Lou, Farmhouse 40, The Pin Junkie, The Crafting Nook, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Sew Can Do, Dare to Share, A Pinch of Joy, Intelligent Domestications, SITS Recipe and DIY Linky, Hope Studios, OMHG, I Gotta Create, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner, Wonderful Wednesday at Marilyn’s Treats, Love My Little Cottage, Create with Joy

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  1. Well that's pretty cool! I have a preschooler. He goes to school four days a week and he's in love with the multisensory items at school. I think he'd do marvelously with this!

  2. I am showing this to my daughter! What a great idea for my two little granddaughters. It sounds like you had such a wonderful teacher so many years ago. You hope that every child has teachers like that, don't you? Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Thanks Chloe! It's such a fun, simple thing to make, especially in the simple bag form, yet provides such fun and learning. And, yes, teachers like that are such gems. Thank you for hosting!

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