Monday, July 22, 2019

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

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Find out how to color beans for sensory play so you can enjoy some metallic colored beans in your child's next sensory bin.

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? These beautiful metallic colored 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 then five year old liked to say a lot at the time I made these.

How to color beans in metallic colors for a sensory bin

Metallic Colored Beans: How to Dye Beans for Sensory Play

To make some metallic colored 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

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

Metallic Colored Beans Sensory Bin

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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How to dye beans for sensory play in metallic colors

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