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Last week I shared with you how we were watching Tiddlytubbies and learning about colors – we had SO much fun! This week my 3 year old and I have been having new adventures right inside my living room with Cody, a WildBrain Youtube channel we recently discovered! He’s crazy fun and extremely educational which is why I love him! That’s why I wanted to dye beans and make these color sensory bins!
My daughter loves watching Cody because he goes to all of her favorite places! I love letting her watch him because he teaches her colors, numbers, letters and all sorts of fun activities! It’s a great way for her to learn while relating to places she loves to go and things she loves to play with! Just watch this episode of Cody at the playground – in 30 minutes my daughter was shouting out letters she recognized, counting, playing pretend and running around the living room looking for the colors that Cody was finding!
Learn Colors at the Playground with Cody:
How to Dye Beans:
I went to the store and picked up literally a bag of every single type of beans that I could find in the store. I wanted to try to dye a big variety of them to see what worked best. Below you’ll see what all we ended up with.
Step 1: Place one cup of your choice of dry beans into ziploc bags.
Step 2: Add one squirt of food dye into each bag.
Step 3: Add 1/2 tsp. of rubbing alcohol (or vinegar) into each bag. (Because of the waxy coating on beans I recommend using rubbing alcohol for these colored sensory bins.
Step 4: MIX WELL.
Step 5: Pour beans onto parchment paper or foil to dry.
From the top left going across we dyed purple garbanzo beans, blue lentils, green lima beans, yellow blackeye peas, and not picture we also dyed red pinto beans. The lima beans deteriorated the most as you can see above – the edges started peeling. The pinto beans took the LONGEST to dry but in the end turned out nicely. Remember there’s a waxy coating on beans so don’t fret if your batches look quite wet! Everything else pretty much dried within a few minutes and was easy to work with.
Now you can mix your colors and beans for a varied tactile activity or separate them out into separate sensory bins like I did above! We have a quick and easy storage tub for each color. Although we chose to do a blue AND green sensory bin to specifically work on telling the different between those two colors! If you don’t have specific things to add into each color bin you can easily make some! Just grab some paint or markers and color clothespins, add these no sew felt shapes, yarn scraps, pom poms, crayons, faux flowers, buttons, etc.
Each Colored Sensory Bin:
You’ll notice that each bin has different materials added inside. At first it seemed a little daunting to find so many smaller items in specific colors but once I started looking around our craft and toy room it was easy to come up with enough items to fill in the sensory bins! Cody even has a video on learning vegetables with colors and color learning fun at a birthday party!! All of the videos we’ve watched have a variety of educational content so you might be learning about colors but Cody also counts, learns letters and more!
Colored Sensory Bin Ideas Close Up:
For my colored beans I specifically used a water based food dye but you could try a food coloring gel to see how you like it! You’ll just need to make sure you mix REALLY well! Store your colored beans in an airtight storage container or ziploc bag for later! These will store pretty indefinitely as well as you keep them away from moisture!
If you’ve got a preschooler like I do then they will LOVE watching Cody on the WildBrain Youtube channel! They’ll see farm animals, healthy foods, planes, and plenty of other fun kid-friendly (and educational!) content!