Flour Piping Sensory Activity for Kids

After seeing the sand piping bags at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I knew it was a sensory activity that Henry would love to get messy doing. Minus the sand, we made our own flour piping bags.

After our Free Play : Stirring and Mixing activity, I couldn’t let Henry miss out on mixing together the flour and water.

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Henry measured and scooped flour into a large bowl and added some lots of water.

I poured some of the mixture into ziploc bags and added a bit of paint.

Sensory Play:

Henry squished the mixture together to mix the color in thoroughly.

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I snipped a corner off the bag.

The mixture was very runny, and ran out of the bag immediately.

Nevertheless, Henry squeezed it out and made large colored puddles.


When the red color was added to the blue, it didn’t mix together to make purple.


Instead, it created swirls of colors.

Glitter was added as a finishing touch. [Lots of glitter, the shaker is now empty.]

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Henry noticed as some of mixture ran off the paper : “a river!”

The glitter showed the flow of the river.

Henry created his own rivers of glitter all over the paper.

Of course, this ended in one very sloppy mess!

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Henry is 3 years old.


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  1. Krissy @ B.Inspired says

    WOW – what fun MESSY art play. Way to go, mama, for letting the little oone explore!

  2. ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma says

    How fun!! You are really brave to let him play like this inside the house:) Lucky boy!!

  3. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Love the addition of glitter! You are such a fun Mama! I think I finally need to add you to my favorite blog list!

  4. htebazile says

    what a WONDERFUL mess! I tried somehting similar with my little guy using squeeze bottles, but the baggies look like they would be much easier for him to squeeze. We'll have to give it a try!

  5. Raising a Happy Child says

    We just did some of the mixing of our own, but I kept all the ingredients "edible" and my 4 year old had a huge blast with it.

  6. Sherry and Donna says

    Oh WOW what fun. It may not have been exactly the same as our Henry but you sure had just as much fun with your concoction as our children had with ours!
    Donna :) :)

  7. himadri says

    we too made piping bags last month and had a grt time. i was reading ur blog today and realised that i saw this post earlier and got the idea of making piping bags aftr seeing henry having a fun time. thanks for the inspiration. next time we too use glitter.have a nice weekend!

  8. N. says

    what a great idea! what's it like when it finally dries? do you let it dry or do you toss it, going for the process rather than the end product?

  9. says

    Hey! This is great! We have tried tested and bored right out of playing with flour paint BUT, I LOVE the added glitter part at the end! I am always looking for ways to assist my preschooler in sitting still and working on a project each time a little longer–even if it’s just 30seconds longer: THIS add of glitter gives me many new ideas to add to old play! Plus, we haven’t used the ziplock bag way since getting the squeezable bottles–we will head back to basics with this activity! MANY Thanks!!!

    • Jamie Reimer says

      Jeanine – so great to hear that! We don’t have squeezable bottles even! We should really just order them because I know we’d use them quite a lot.

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