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Earlier on the year the children had a lovely sensory time pushing finger paint around in a zip lock bag – all the fun without the mess that some children just don’t like.

The Rockabye Butterfly blog mentioned doing the same activity but with paint in the bags instead of finger paint.

We tried it and it was very interesting to see the difference.

Whereas the finger paint tends to quickly flow back together …

the paint remained apart long enough for the children to be able to draw and write in it.

And of course the cool sensation of the plastic and fluidity of the paint …

was totally irresistible to the children!


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9 Responses to “paint bags”

  1. avatar Jane Bonnett says:

    Hi there,

    We tried something really similar by using cling film, the children put blobs of paint onto paper then covered it with the food wrap and spread it around using their fingers and hands.
    The children created some wonderful and colorful pictures to take home.

    I am really enjoying your site, you have same great ideas which I am storing up to share with the children in the Pre-school.

    Thank you Jane (Risby, England)

    ::: Hi Jane, welcome to “irresistible ideas”! The cling film idea sounds like another interesting sensory activity and we love any opportunity to experiment with colour mixing around here … so thanks for sharing. :) :)

  2. avatar Rebecca says:

    That is such a fabulous idea. I also appreciate the inclusive nature as one of my childre is very sensitive to sensory experiences, but I have no doubt she would enjoy this. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

    ::: Our original finger paint bags were designed for that very reason Rebecca … they were a real hit with our very sensitive (and clean loving) children. :) :)

  3. avatar Megan says:

    Paint bags also look and feel awesome on a light box. The colour really shines and the heat from the light warms the paint up a little!

    ::: Now that is a very cool idea Megan … thanks! :) :)

  4. avatar Amy A says:

    Hair gel with glitter works really well too! We love to put all kinds of things in bags ;) .

    ::: Great idea Amy … particularly with Christmas just around the corner!… You can’t beat glitter at Christmas time. :) :)

  5. avatar Louise says:

    Interesting to try similar activities and observe and compare – thanks! :)

    ::: We’re hearing some great alternatives Louise like hair gel with food colouring or glitter in it as well as things like sequins! :) :)

  6. avatar Louise says:

    PS the painted – mat? paper? you’ve put on the table underneath the paint bags activity – what is that and how was it created? I like the effect of all those splashes of color…

    ::: Louise that paper was created by the children earlier this year … irresistible isn’t it? Here’s the link http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2010/03/teacher-toms-ping-pong-art/ :) :)

  7. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    I love the boy putting his cheek to the bag of paint! Now that is truly irresistible!

    ::: It was such a warm day outside and the bag was soooooo cool and squishy … I know this Tom because I (Donna) tried it! :) :)


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  9. avatar kathryn says:

    I have done somthing simmiler between two peices of contact and gaffer tape tabed down firmly to the table ( to avoid leaks ) and a girl I knew used some clear gell (not quite sure what it was) with pictures on the table under the contact and glitter and small flat glass stoned that children could push around.
    chn really enjoyed it.

    ::: People have come up with some great ideas based around this activity and yours also sound like fun Kathryn! :) :)

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