Butterfly sensory bags for preschoolers

I read this terrific idea over at Crafty-Crafted on how to make butterfly goody bags! As soon as I saw them, I started thinking of other ways you could use this idea….

When I see an idea that I love, I always want to see what else can be done with it….

I tried this several ways and each time, I learned something new so here is what I found worked best. Start by putting small drops of paint into a baggie (quart sized baggies or larger is best)…

My advice is not to use too much paint as you want to see the designs and color mixing as you go along…

Then I wrapped a length of tape across both edges of the baggie. I wanted to keep the edges straight for my butterfly wings plus I wanted to seal the open end of the baggie with the tape…

Then lay the baggie down flat and use your fingers to mix the colors of paint and spread them all around the inside of the baggie…

Any kind of packing tape or masking tape will do. I found this colorful packing tape at Walmart and have been saving it for awhile now…

Once all the paint is spread all about, then you are ready to twist a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) around the middle to make the butterfly¬†antennae…

And there you have it! From butterfly goody bags to butterfly sensory bags!


  1. says

    OMG as much as my daughter loves butterflies we’re going to HAVE to do this one. What a great idea. I NEVER would have thought of that. That’s why I just love your site. :)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I love butterflies too! I love that you can make them any color you want:)

  2. says

    Love this we have done something like this for a few years every spring. We also do the same thing with water color paints and coffee filters. So much fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      You’ve been holding out on us Kelly – I just figured this all out today!

  3. says

    I love this idea! I’ve seen this done in other ways (tissue paper inside the bag etc.) but this is the best idea I’ve seen for really letting the children explore in a sensory way! And color mixing included! We’re definitely going to do this! Perfect idea for us- thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I am really excited to try it with the kids too – I have only tried it at home so far!

  4. Barbara says

    This will be lots of fun for our students. Did you know that the white “label” on ziploc bags can be easily be removed with window cleaner and a paper towel…?

  5. annie newman crawley says

    I love this we are so gonna do it I’m even going to do it at home with my neices they will love it

  6. Joan says

    Loved doing this today with my preschool class! My teenage daughter was my helper today and she even had a blast! We made these with gallon-size baggies to make the experience last longer and I just happened to have some blue painter’s tape to finish off our lovely creations!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      That is terrific that your daughter helped you out! I think using the gallon sized bags was a great idea – I will have to give that a try too!

  7. Jen says

    I always make these as snack bags to hide on the trail but have never seen them used for a sensory experence tks for the idea!