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Color Mixing – Tap it, roll it, squeeze it, knead it.


Stuff sock with polyester fiber fill.

spill cleanup

Make sure you have a supply of towels for spills and clean up.

Tie with several layers of yarn and double knots to keep them safe.

sewing on the hat

Sew down the hat to keep it secure. I used orange thread since we are mixing yellow and red.

rit dye

I used Rit Dye – check the website for safety information.

dye capsulesetup

I filled my capsules by color groups.


These are the gel caps I used. The are available in health food stores and online.

filling gelcaps

I filled the capsules with 1/4 teaspoon dye and then put the top on it.

ready for water

Here is the sock baby ready to go. Please work one on one with children that tend to chew on things. Also please mark the bag with the child’s name.

Add 1 cup of very warm water. Allow air to escape before sealing the bag to minimize the chance of the water and dye spilling. The child may tap, knead, hit, squeeze, roll, and drop the bag using hands or feet. Keep alert for leaks and have extra bags and rubber bands ready for repairs.


The yellow capsule is dissolving releasing the yellow dye.

adding red

The sock baby is absorbing the yellow and the rubber band has been removed from the red dye capsule.


The sock baby is now ready to sit in the bag for 24 hours then he can be rinsed until the water runs clear. For children that still mouth objects the sock baby may be run through the washer and drier.

orange sockbabywashed

The sock baby is now ready for some cuddle time. Check online for how to create other sock animals and creatures.

Extension: Tie Dye Socks

You will be using this same technique. Use less water and bind the socks with yarn or rubber bands.

Time frame: This depends greatly on the students interest. It could be as little as 10 minutes to a half hour or more.

My full lesson plan is available. It includes songs and finger plays to increase interest in manipulating the plastic bag.