After a plentiful crop of broad beans this summer, Nana was keen on finding another use for the dried up beans. As Adam loves naming colours (usually the colour of cars) and transferring objects from one container to another we decided on making a broad bean colour sort activity.
Adam helped to pick the dried pods from the plant and shell them. We placed 20 in a zip-loc bag and added acrylic paint. Adam had great fun covering the runner beans in the paint without getting his hands dirty. The painted beans dried fairly quickly on some baking paper.
We repeated the process using another 2 colours and soon had 60 coloured beans.
We needed some coloured pots for Adam to sort the coloured beans into. We recycled the terracotta pots that were used for Adam’s second birthday party cakes and painted them using the same acrylic paints.
After a lot of demonstrating Adam slowly got the hang of sorting the coloured broad beans into the correct coloured pots. As soon as he had sorted all the beans Adam tipped them out of the pots and started again. It was a great activity for practising colours and recycling natural materials. It could also be used as a Busy Box activity.
* Dried broad beans
* Acrylic paint
* Zip-loc bags
* Baking paper
* Pots – we used terracotta flower pots
Adam was 2 years and 4 months old.