Thursday, March 31, 2011

Colored Lentils: Kids Crafts Project #69

Colored Lentils Preschool Craft
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up   

Green Lentils

Red Lentils

Supplies Needed:
  • Bag of Dried Lentils
  • Sealable Plastic Bags or Tupperware Type Containers with Lids (may stain - rinse immediately)
  • Tape
  • Food Coloring
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • Tablespoon
  • Cookie Sheets (1 for each color)
Time Needed:  
  • 5 Minutes per color plus drying time
This project will give you a great sensory alternative to using other art supplies. The lentils will be colorful, cool to the touch, smooth, and make noise when moved. Most children greatly enjoy working with lentils because of the sensory stimulation involved. It's just fun! They lend themselves to such interesting projects. I can't wait to show you! Get yours ready!

What To Do:
  1. ADULT ONLY Pour 1-2 capfuls of rubbing alcohol into the plastic bag or container.
  2. Add about 10-15 drops of food coloring.
    HINT: We found that we needed more food coloring for these than on other projects.
  3. Add 1-2 cups of dried lentils.
  4. Seal closed bag or container.
  5. Tape closed bag or container so it doesn't leek if it opens. Wrapping masking tape around the container lid works well as does taping the seal of a plastic bag.
  6. Shake Shake Shake the lentils & wiggle and move them around with your fingers for about 3 minutes.
  7. Empty container onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
    We should have used the cookie sheet under here!
    Instead I had to work to get the colors off the table!
    Flatten and dry thoroughly. Only takes an hour or less.
  8. Smooth out the lentils with the back of a spoon so they are 1 layer deep.
  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Repeat all steps for each new color.
  11. ENJOY! You're done! 
  12. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
    I just love touching them!

    You may find them addicting to touch and play with too!
Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.    

1 comment:

Outdoor Toys said...

Thanks for such a wonderful post. My kid also loves playing with it the whole day. The pictures you have put up are so beautiful, truly amazing.

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