Rainbow Puffed Wheat {How to Dye Cereal for Sensory Play}

By on August 24, 2014
Rainbow sensory bin fillers are quickly becoming a favorite around here. We've recently dyed oats, shredded coconut, and dried chickpeas for sensory play. The latest item to fall victim to my rainbow dyeing ways was a bag of expired puffed wheat cereal. Here's how you can dye puffed wheat cereal at home too.

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While tidying up my pantry, I came across a bag of expired puffed wheat cereal. How expired? Well, almost two years. Ahem. So what's a girl to do with expired food? Dye it of course! And look how lovely it is!

Rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

The dyed puffed wheat turned out great, although some of the more saturated pieces of cereal ended up shrinking in size. Regardless, the boys couldn't wait to dig in.

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It was like digging into a giant bowl of fruity pebbles! Although, don't go eating it. Remember how I said it was almost two years past expiration? Yeah, probably not so tasty at this point.

Playing with rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal - a fun sensory play idea for toddlers & preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Playing with rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal - a fun sensory play idea for toddlers & preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Playing with rainbow dyed puffed wheat cereal - a fun sensory play idea for toddlers & preschoolers from And Next Comes L

It's pretty, isn't it?

How to dye puffed wheat cereal for sensory play from And Next Comes L

To dye puffed wheat cereal at home, you will need:

For each color, I used two cups of puffed wheat cereal, a teaspoon or two or water, and a few generous squirts of liquid watercolors. I put all the materials in a large zipper seal bag and had the boys shake the bag until the puffed wheat was evenly coated. It took a few hours to dry completely before it was ready for play.

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Don't forget to check out these other rainbow dyed sensory bin fillers:


Rainbow puffed wheat: how to dye puffed wheat cereal for sensory play from And Next Comes L