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Color Mixing Sensory Bag

by | Jan 29, 2021 | Core Skills

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!


Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos
Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos

Chief Learning Officer at Begin

Jody has a Ph.D. in Developmental Science and more than a decade of experience in the children’s media and early learning space.