Ready for some colorful fun?

We’ve partnered with the preschool experts at St. James Academy’s Young Foxhounds Program to bring you exciting (and easy!) ways to engage your littles in sensory play every month. This month’s activity: make a rainbow sensory bag!

What is a rainbow sensory bag? All the magical fun of a rainbow exploration — without the mess. They’re easy to make, super engaging, and are great for keeping little fingers busy when you need to get an email out or need a road trip distraction. 

Want more ideas for rainbow fun at home? We’ve got a few here.


What You’ll Need:

  • Sandwich Size Ziploc Baggie
  • Solid Color Beads, Buttons, Pom Poms, Sequins — anything that can be manipulated insider the bag. You’ll need red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
  • Hair Gel (we suggest clear)
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • 4″ by 6″ Self-Seal Lamination Pouch (or laminating sheets/laminator if you have one!)
  • Rainbow Graphic (Download PDF or PNG)


  • Print and laminate the 4″ by 6″ rainbow graphic
  • Place laminated rainbow graphic inside the ziploc baggie.
  • Place your colored items inside the baggie. Fill the baggie with clear hair gel (but don’t over-fill! You want the objects to be able to be manipulated).
  • Carefully close the bag, removing any air bubbles.
  • Seal the bag with packing tape or duct tape. You’ll want the extra protection!


What Makes a Rainbow

This brightly illustrated board book teaches children about colors. Each page of the book features a different color and magic ribbons. We love the giant lap book edition! BUY NOW

White Rabbit’s Color Book

White Rabbit finds three pots of paint―and discovers the magic of color! Young children will enjoy following Alan Baker’s inquisitive LITTLE RABBITS as they make new discoveries. Simple storylines and playful artwork offer a fresh approach to learning early concepts. The original book shown in our illustrations is a favorite of St. James PreK Teacher Kelly Gonce! Since she has purchased it, it’s been reprinted and is available with a new cover. BUY NOW

Planting a Rainbow


Color Sort:  Ask your child to sort the colored items in the bag by color, placing items on each band of the rainbow.

Count + Play: How many red items did they find? How many blue? Are there more red items or blue items? Ask guided math questions and have your child physically touch each item as they count.

Learn the ROYGBIV Song: Move and groove! They Might Be Giants has the perfect dance tune about a colorful little man named Roy G. Biv. You can find their song iTunes, Amazon Music, or head over to YouTube.


Discover the Young Foxhounds experience at St. James Academy! The program is the school’s new early childhood program for children ages 2 and 3 — encouraging the littlest learners to develop socialization skills, confidence, and curiosity. LEARN MORE