Color Mixing Sensory Bag

by wherelearnu

Mixing two colors together makes….a third color! This activity invites your child to practice naming colors and discover what happens when they combine.

What You’ll Need to Play:

  • Icing or shaving cream 
  • Food coloring 
  • Two small bowls
  • Toothpick or spatula
  • Large ziptop bag  and tape OR cookie sheet (the cookie sheet option is more tactile, but opt for the bag if you’re looking for low-mess)

How to Play:

  1. Fill your ziptop bag with icing or shaving cream.
  2. Select two colors of food coloring. 
  3. Add a few drops of each color into the bag and tape it down to a working surface. 
  4. Have your child use their fingers to squish and mix the colors together. 
  5. Put icing or shaving cream into two small bowls. 
  6. Add 1-3 drops of a color into the bowl and fold the color into the icing/cream.
  7. Scoop the colored icing/cream into the bag or onto the cookie sheet and let your child mix the two colors.

Play Tips:

  • No food coloring? No problem! You can use paint instead. Just skip the shaving cream or icing and use a ziptop bag to contain the paint. 
  • Older kids can treat this activity like a mini-science experiment by answering the question, “What happens if…?” Even if they already know their color combinations, they’ll benefit from seeing the changes in action! 
  • If using food coloring, create a follow-up for this activity by making a colorful batch of cookies or a cup of milk!


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