Paint Bags and Using Them in the Writing Center

Paint bags are the easiest bags to make. Especially since you probably have everything you need on hand. They are cheap and you can easily make them in every color. Using them in your writing center is easy and fun.

We use Q-tips (which I buy in bulk from Costco) or fingers.

I either have an example in front of them for them to try and copy, an example below, I will say can you draw a…, or I just let them draw and practice on their own.

Below is an example of a gel sensory bag in the writing center with a template underneath for them to trace through the maze.
Picture 437This helps with finger strength and pre-writing skills.

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Sensory Bags are easy to incorporate in your writing center as well as your science center.
For these I attach the gallon size bags to a cheap plastic cutting board (these were 2 for $1 at the dollar store). That way they can be reused easily without any further setup.

Have the children practice their Letters, numbers, etc by using their fingers to create symbols on the baggies when done just press flat and start again.

Materials Needed:
Paint (Tempera)
Packing tape or duct tape

1. Add paint to the baggie just a few tablespoons you don’t want the baggie too full. I usually fill the baggie about 1/3 full
2. Add glitter.
3. Fold the baggies over and push out all the air before you seal it.
4. Seal baggie with tape on the top. I like to fold over the ziploc seal part and tape that down.
5. Place the now taped and sealed baggie upside down inside another baggie.
6. Seal this baggie on all edges with clear packing tape. Trim the edges when you are done to remove excess tape.

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