Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lavender Scented Beans {Calming Sensory Play}

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How to dye beans for sensory play that are lavender scented. A great calming activity for kids.

Calm and kids don't seem to mix...it's practically an oxymoron.

But sensory play can have a calming effect on kids, especially when it's paired with a calming scent like lavender. Well, at least that's the thought I had when I made these lavender scented sensory beans.

So if you've been searching for calming activities for kids, then you'll definitely want to try making this lavender scented and dyed beans sensory bin.

Calming activity for kids using lavender scented sensory beans

How to Dye Beans for Sensory Play & How to Make them Scented!

To make lavender scented beans, I put navy beans and 4 drops of lavender essential oil into a resealable plastic bag. 

I also added some color to my beans by using this dyeing method from Fun at Home with Kids. Unfortunately, I ran out of purple food coloring so I had to improvise with other colors. That's why my beans aren't uniform in color. Anyway, they totally smell amazing even if the color isn't quite perfect.

Calming sensory play for kids: lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

Close up of lavender scented & dyed dried beans sensory play from And Next Comes L

Calming Activity Idea for Kids: Play with Lavender Scented Sensory Beans!

I paired this sensory bin filler with some measuring spoons and plastic cups for the boys, hoping they would engage in some quiet, calm sensory play. 

And guess what?! It totally worked! For once, the sensory filler wasn't tossed around like we were celebrating someone's birthday. Instead, simple scooping, pouring, and measuring took place. Some bean sandcastles were also attempted, but, of course, they didn't turn out like J had hoped.

Playing with lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

Playing with lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

K insisted on helping me get some close up pictures of the lavender scented beans.  He made sure I took lots of pictures of the beans he scooped into his cup!

Playing with lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

Close up of calming sensory play for kids using lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

Close up of calming sensory play for kids using lavender scented & dyed beans from And Next Comes L

I think K wants you take a whiff of these lovely lavender beans.  Too bad computer screens aren't equipped for scents yet, hey?

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Calming activity for kids using lavender scented sensory beans

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8 comments:

  1. I completely suck at dying beans but I think I am going to give this a try. Even if they dont come out colored the scent would be a great smell.

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    1. Ha! Notice that my beans aren't evenly colored? The kids don't mind the imperfect dye job.

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  2. do you recommend dying the color first or doing the scent?

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    1. I do them at the same time. Add the color and scent to the bag of beans and shake. :)

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  3. This is a brilliant idea! I never thought of scenting the bean tubs! Thank you!!

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    1. You're welcome! It's such a nice alternative to scented rice too!

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