Combining sensory play and art is one of our favorite ways to get creative. This star-themed craft will appeal to kids who love water play and making beautiful masterpieces!
- Primary Science® Jumbo Eyedroppers with Stand
- Bleeding tissue paper
- Small pots half-filled with water
- Coffee filter stars
- Oven pan or deep tray to contain the mess
The Set Up
With an activity like this, it’s always good to be proactive and avoid too much mess. I used a large silicone craft mat but then also had a deep oven pan to color the stars in. To prepare the materials I simply added water to the small pots and tore the bleeding tissue paper into small pieces (3 of each color). It really helps to have the Jumbo Eyedroppers in the stand for easy access and minimal mess.
How the Activity Works
The first stage of the activity involves inviting your child to add the pieces of bleeding tissue paper to the small pots of water- one color in each pot. The process of scrunching up the paper, dropping it in the water, and then using the toothpicks to squish the color out of the paper, is so much sensory and fine motor fun. As we did this, we spoke lots about the different colors, using descriptive words, and asking each other questions to stimulate the conversation.
After my little one had finished coloring her water, she picked out the pieces of bleeding tissue and got a blank coffee filter star ready. To add color to the white star she simply used the matching color Jumbo Eyedropper and squirted on the colored water. She loved seeing the color being absorbed by the star and gave out the cutest little gasps as it spread.
It was great to see my preschooler naturally experimenting with color mixing. She watched as the colors slowly seeped into one another and made new colors. Again, this was good for her sensory confidence and also her vocabulary. It is so important to keep the conversation freely flowing and to ask simple prompt questions during activities like this. For example, I would say to her ‘do you know what will happen if you squirt yellow on top of the blue’? You’ll be amazed at how much additional learning can happen through activity discussions with kids.
The Jumbo Eyedroppers are perfectly designed for little hands. The large handle means that the child has to engage those all-important fine motor muscles to transfer the water in and out of the tip. It is great that a fun hands-on activity like this can lend itself to building the hand strength needed for writing further down the line!
Once all three stars had been filled with the color we left them to dry on some kitchen towel. But the play was not yet over! My daughter continued to play with the water in the pots and oven pan for a long time! She mixed all of the leftover colors together and just enjoyed the simple act of filling, emptying, and refilling the pots… over and over again! What’s your favorite way to combine sensory play and art? We’d love some more ideas to try!