Monday, February 23, 2015

Metallic Dyed Beans {How to Dye Beans for Sensory Play}

I'm slightly addicted to metallic liquid watercolors. So I couldn't resist dyeing some sensory bin fillers in gold, silver, and copper. The result: metallic dyed beans. Quick and easy to make, these shimmery metallic beans are so much fun to play with. I'm kind of obsessed with how they turned out. "They're magical," as my five year old likes to say a lot lately.

Playing with metallic dyed beans - gold, silver, and copper colored sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

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How to Make Metallic Dyed Beans for Sensory Play

To make some metallic dyed beans for sensory play, you will need:

Put some beans in a bag, add a a few squirts of liquid watercolors, and then shake. Regular liquid watercolors don't seem to dye beans as well as food coloring. However, I find that these metallic liquid watercolors have a thicker consistency, so they did a great job at dyeing the beans. Once the color was evenly distributed, I placed the colored beans on some paper towel to dry. They dried pretty quickly, within an hour or so. Once they are dry to the touch, they are ready for play.

Oooh la la! Aren't they pretty?!

Metallic dyed beans sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

Time for some close up shots. Bam!

How to dye beans in metallic colors for sensory play from And Next Comes L

How to dye beans in metallic colors for sensory play from And Next Comes L

Now how about some photos of all those metallic colors mixed together? 

Close up of metallic dyed beans sensory play from And Next Comes L

Sensory play for kids using metallic dyed beans from And Next Comes L

Sensory play for kids using metallic dyed beans from And Next Comes L

J loved them so much that they literally had him seeing hearts. "Mom, mom, mom! It's a heart!!"

Playing with metallic dyed beans - gold, silver, and copper colored sensory play for kids from And Next Comes L

What do you think? What's your favorite color of the metallic dyed beans? I think I like the gold best.

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