A few years ago I was excited to make color mixing sensory bottles for my preschool class, but my boss was not so excited. A teacher years earlier had made one it broke, and the oil forever stained the carpet. I get it. If you have ever had an oil and water sensory bottle break you are well aware of why I couldn’t make one for my class; they really can be a nightmare.
No worries because I got a great idea and better than that IT works! These color mixing sensory bottles really do mix to make new colors, you do need a good number of bingo chips, but since it’s just water and a little glycerine if you want in it the bingo chips can be washed, dried, and used for bingo again!
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Gather your materials. You will need some bingo chips and sorting bowls if you are going to have your students help with sorting. If you have the children sort, remember only kids who will not try to eat these chips. I got these bingo chips on Amazon here and the bowls here. In addition to these colorful materials, you will also need water bottles, some glue ( epoxy works best for keeping lids on), and some glycerine. I swear the glycerine helps the chips float down but some teachers think it’s just a myth, use it if you want!
Start by sorting the chips.
Next put red and blue in for purple, yellow and blue in for green, and of course yellow and red to make orange.
What I love about this is that you see all three colors in the bottles.
I don’t know which is my favorite.
They are all so pretty and calming.
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