How To Dye Chickpeas For Sensory Play

What Do Children Learn From Dyed Chickpeas?

Fine Motor Skills – as they use tools and their hands to manipulate the chickpeas within the tray.

Gross Motor Skills – as they scoop the chickpeas into containers and tip it out again.

Colour Recognition – as they explore the different colours within the tray.

Mark Making – As they notice their movements leave different marks within the chickpeas revealing the tray below.

Mathematics – As they fill and empty different containers as an introduction to volume as well as language like full and empty.

Imagination and Creativity – As they use the chickpeas and the resources within the tray to test their ideas and create a narrative behind their play.

Speech and Language – As you explore the tray together you can explore new and already known vocabulary together.


Use Before
6 Month

10+ Drying

Air-tight Container

Mess Scale

3 Years +

No Limit

Can Prep
Night Before

How To Dyed Chickpeas For Sensory Play

Just Grab

  • 1 cups or 200g of dry chickpeas
  • Paint
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tin foil
  • baking tray


  1. Pour the chickpeas into the mixing bowl and add a few squirts of paint.
  2. Mix the chickpeas until they are all evenly covered with paint, adding more paint if needed.
  3. Cover the baking tray with tin foil and pour out the chickpeas onto the baking tray, gently shaking to get one even layer.
  4. Leave for a couple of hours to dry.
  5. Run your hands through the chickpeas to break them up. If it’s still wet, leave it for a while longer.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Dyed Chickpeas?

Cleaning Up Your Child

Use your hand to brush any excess chickpeas off your child, then wash their hands in warm soapy water.

Cleaning Up A Small Tray

Tip any leftover chickpeas into an airtight container and wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning A Large Tray

Scoop any leftover chickpeas into an airtight container and wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area

Sweep up any excess chickpeas and pop them into the bin. You can wipe over the surrounding area with a wipe if you want to, but you shouldn’t need to.

Dyed Chickpea Sensory Play Ideas

Dyed Chickpea Activity

Dyed Chickpea Activity

Dyed Chickpea Activity

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