Dollar Tree Pump Paint Bottles

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In my classroom we have all of our paint in THESE JARS.  They are great little jars, but sometimes the tops get stuck on and even I have a hard time getting them off (and back on).  I’ve been looking into trying out paint in a pump bottle.  I wanted the students to be able to take just a few pumps at a time, and mix paint to make new colors easily.   I found some clear pump bottles on amazon that were reasonable, but decided to check the Dollar Tree first.  I found this soap in clear pump bottles and thought they would work perfectly.


The children helped empty all of the bottles into the sensory table, where the thick, goopy soap was then played with for over an hour…..scooping, pouring, using funnels and jars, etc.  We then used the thick soap to make SQUISHY BAGS.

This morning I cleaned the bottles, taking off the labels and rinsing them thoroughly.  Then I filled them with paint.  So pretty!!


When I introduce something new into the classroom, I try to do so with intention.  At the end of the day, the children eagerly gathered around the table and we talked about the pump bottles.  I modeled how to use them with our CONDIMENT CUPS, and asked open ended question like – “what would I need to do if I wanted the color pink?”  The children immediately tried out the pump bottles and starting making new colors.






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