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.
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.
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.
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.
So quick and easy to make this rainbow on a stick with marshmallow cloud snack is perfect for little hands to do as well and makes a tasty treat after this craft!
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.
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.
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.
Check out our colour mixing experiment using light to mix primary colours to make secondary colours.
What to Read Next!
Looking for more taste-safe sensory play check out our Rainbow Spaghetti Recipe ideal for adding to sensory tubs and bins.
How to Make a Rainbow Sensory Bag
- 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.
- Place the bag on your surface and fill with some red, yellow and blue paint.
- Seal the bag and then tape the seal closed.
- 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).
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.