Color mixing seems like magic. You start out with two different colors — and end up with an entirely different color! Add gel and different color paint to plastic bags, and you can make a mess-free collection of rainbow sensory bags!
Set Up Color Mixing Bags
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- Clear Gel
- Washable Paint
- resealable plastic bags
- duct or duck tape
Open one of the resealable bags, and put in clear gel. I added about 5 ounces of gel to each bag. You want to have enough that you’ll be able to play with the color and spread it around in the bag, but not so much that it spills out! Then I squirted two different color of paint into each bag, one on each side.
Press the air out of the bag, and seal it. We actually usually double-bag these, just to be safe. Then, to make it sturdier, I put the tape over the opening. You’ll still want to watch little ones playing with this, but with the double bag and the tape, I find that my bags don’t rip as easily.
These color mixing bags pretty much beg to be touched. As I set up them up, my kids immediately came over and wanted to play! I handed them the bags, and they got to work, mixing them!
Mixing the colors lends itself so well to discussing color changes, and reading books about color. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni is a great one to read along with this activity!
Be sure to check out these other Virtual Book Club for Kids Leo Lionni inspired crafts and activities:
Little Blue and Little Yellow Sensory Writing by Growing Book By Vook
DIY Stamps – Swimmy by Mama Miss
Fishy Math Practice with Swimmy by Inspiration Laboratories
Little Blue and Little Yellow Twisty Cups for Color Mixing and Story Telling by Lalymom
Watercolor Fish – Swimmy by 3 Dinosaurs
Swimmy- Alphabet Fish Game by The Educators’ Spin On It
Chameleon Color Change Activity by Still Playing School