Popsicle Color Mixing Sensory Bin

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Popsicle Colour Mixing Sensory Bin is a fun way to explore colour mixing in the summer!


Although I ended up doing this activity inside, because of rain, it is definitely best enjoyed outside on a hot summers day.


Here’s what you’ll need to create your own Popsicle Color Mixing Sensory Bin


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How to Make Popsicles

Fill the popsicle molds with water and add 1-2 drops of food colouring. Place in the freezer the night before you plan to use them.

Colour Mixing

This was a fun activity that took 5 minutes to set up. Once you have made the popsicles you can pull them out anytime. So wait for that hot day when the kids are bored and surprise them with this fun activity.

I filled the sensory bin with about an inch of warm water and gave her the popsicles.

She has lots of fun guessing what colour each popsicle was going to turn the water.

Free Play

Once all the popsicles were completely melted and all the colours mixed together, the free play began.

The ultimate goal of any sensory bin I set up is to encourage her to play on her own however she likes (provided it does not make a huge mess of course). This sensory bin did not disappoint with that respect.

After she finished melting everything she went to her play kitchen and grabbed a few cups and brushes and started to play with the coloured water on her own.

She filled the cups and started measuring and comparing the levels of liquid in each cup trying to get them even. She added a few brushes and started stirring and a toy leaf which she used as a spoon. All of this she did unprompted and this free play lasted far longer than the actual activity. I’d say this activity was a mom win and Mission Accomplished!

Getting Food Colouring Out of Clothing

I use food colouring in lots of different activities for my preschooler but it is super tough to get off hands and even harder to get out of clothing.


If like me you sometimes forget to put a smock on your preschooler before doing activities involving food colouring fear not I have a great way to get food colouring out of most clothing.

This method works best when done as soon as possible for fresh, light stains.

1. Grab some damp paper towel or rag and soak up as much of the colouring as possible by dabbing and even try to scrape it off using a plastic knife.

2. In a bowl mix 1 cup cool water, one tbsp of white vinegar, and one teaspoon liquid dish soap. Submerge the stain completely for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse under cold water with the stain down. I had to rub the fabric slightly but do this carefully so as not to spread or damage the clothing.

4. Once stain is removed, toss clothing into the laundry as usual.



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