Paint Bags are a fantastic way to break away from pencil and paper and provide your kids with a sensory experience that will give them with a chance to TOUCH letters, words, numbers, and more!
I have found that my kids have learned so much more with this kinesthetic writing activity than the regular pencil and paper way of teaching letters and numbers.
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Letting your little ones choose which color goes into their paint bag is also a great way for them to learn colors and how different colors mix together.
Plus, it is so much more fun!
To get started:
- Squirt paint into a sandwich bag. (I found that less paint worked better than more – it allows more room for the paint to move around!)
- Make sure the bag is sealed tight. (If you’re not so sure, double the bag.)
- Provide your child with a writing utensil. (Q-tips work great!)
- Start writing.
Paint Bag Supplies Available Here:
- Paint (Don’t want to use paint? Try Shaving Cream, Pudding, Ketchup, or Mustard!)
- Sandwich Bags
- Q-tips (Don’t have any Q-tips on hand? Your child’s pointer finger will work great, too!)
Our Morning with Paint Bags
On this particular day, my preschooler wrote uppercase and lowercase letters….
…and my first-grade wrote sight words.
You can place flashcards under the bag for a perfect tracing activity or they can write them without tracing. We tried it both ways.
The Sight Word Flashcards featured here are from Kindergarten Tool Kit.
In addition to sight word practice, my first-grader also wrote his spelling words!
Instead of an additional pencil-and-paper seat work activity (which I will always readily admit that Abeka is a little hefty on at times), he was able to practice his spelling words in a little bit of a different way!
Some kids learn better by using colors and kinesthetic activities rather than the traditional way of teaching letters.
Note: Any and all potential messy activities are taken to the kitchen table (or outside), and these activity trays from IKEA have been a huge help when it comes to containing all the fun.
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Another great option for easy clean up (and to save your table!) is to place some newspaper on your table.
Would your kids like using Paint Bags?
Maybe even for math?
Now that my kids feel like pros with Paint Bags, we are definitely going to incorporate them into our math time!
My preschooler could draw shapes…
My first-grader could write answers to math facts…
Just thinking out loud!
If you like the idea of Paint Bags, you will also get excited about your kids tracing with water: Check it out!