Objective: Creating ways to learn about Piet Mondrian and Primary Colors
- Dried Garbanzo beans (also referred to as Chickpeas)
- Acrylic Paint: Red, Yellow, Blue
- Plastic bags: one for each color
- Sensory Tray
- Sensory tools like Scoops, Jumbo Tweezers, Plastic containers or cups
Step 1: Empty one bag of dried garbanzo beans into a plastic baggie. Squirt in few drops Red acrylic paint. Seal the bag tightly and shake. You can always add more paint to ensure the beans are well coated.
Step 2: I like to empty out the colored beans onto a piece of foil so I can easily stir them around to ensure they don’t dry stuck together. You can also leave them in the baggie with the top open. Just shake them around so they don’t stick together. They dry fairly quickly.
Step 3: Repeat steps # 2 and 3 for other colors. Now you’re ready to create your sensory bin.
Step 4: Garbanzo beans make for a great tactile input; allowing the children to touch, scoop, pour, and create.
Step 6: Now set out your sensory bin filled with Primary Color items and watch as your child enjoys your very own creation of Reds, Yellows, and Blues.
If your child is too young to play with dried beans and you’re worried about them eating them, you can add the beans to clear plastic containers and create your own sensory bottles.