Sensory bags are a great way for kids to work on fine motor and in the case of this rainbow one make very little mess.

This Rainbow Activity is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colours and colour mixing.

So here you go our mess-free Rainbow Sensory colour exploration with toddlers and preschoolers.

rainbow sensory bag picture with text reading make the colour of the rainbow with toddlers and preschoolers

Sensory Bags

There are lots of ways to incorporate the senses into play with toddlers and preschoolers and a lot can get very messy.

Personally, I don’t mind mess if we can contain it somewhere or do it outside but for rainy day’s I do like to make it a little less messy and sensory bags are one of the easiest options to create.

rainbow coloured sensory bag made with paint

Everything is contained within a ziplock bag and as long as you remember to seal the bag carefully then you, your children and the space that you playing in won’t get messy at all.

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Recommended Rainbow Reading for toddlers and preschoolers

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One of my favourite rainbow books for toddlers and preschoolers and one that always sat in our book basket for March and April was A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.

In this classic book, the little boy dreams of having his own rainbow to play with, but that’s just not possible.

See how imaginative he can be and the lovely ending to this story.

Sensory Play – Can you Make the Colours in the Rainbow!

Before you start – look at pictures of the Rainbow in your book A Rainbow of my own with your child and point out the colours that they can see.

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet, they probably won’t be able to identify the indigo as it will just be a darker blue or a darker purple to them.

Now ask them to see if them can make the colours of the rainbows in their sensory bag.

A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.

If it’s the first time you have used sensory bags then help them by showing how the paint will move as you squish it around.

A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.

Let them explore and discover asking about the colours they see and if you want take some pictures to compare to the real rainbow when you next see one.

A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.

Check out our colour mixing experiment using light to mix primary colours to make secondary colours.

A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.
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How to Make a Rainbow Sensory Bag

A simple mess-free way to explore colour mixing and rainbows with toddlers and preschoolers
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Keyword: Preschool Activities, rainbows, toddler activities
Author: Cerys Parker

Instructions

  • Remove the label from the bag using the nail polish remover on a cotton wool ball.
  • Give it a wipe and allow the nail polish remover to evaporate.
    A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.
  • Place the bag on your surface and fill with some red, yellow and blue paint.
    A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.
  • Seal the bag and then tape the seal closed.
    A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.
  • Secure the bag to your surface (I used a white sheet of cardboard from a cereal box so that if any paint did come out of the bag then it would be off my table).
    A fun and mess-free way for toddlers and preschoolers to explore colour mixing and connect what they see in the world around with them with real-life experiences. This Rainbow Sensory Bag allows children to create their own rainbow of colours whilst using their senses.

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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