Sensory play (how to dye oats)

February 25, 2018

 Step by step guide, how to dye oats. 


You will need

-Rolled oats 

-Food colouring


-Measuring spoon


-Zip lock bags

-Paper towels


Step 1 

-Put a cup of rolled oats into a zip lock bag.

-In a separate cup add 1.5 tablespoons of water and about 10 drops of food colouring.

-Add the water mixture to the oats in the bag, simply zip the bag and shake!

-Add a few more drops of colouring if you want it a little brighter.


I use a cup full of oats per bag and add a different colour to each bag. I have tried a couple of different ways of doing this and I found that mixing the water and food colouring together and then adding this too the oats gave a more even colour.

You do not want to add too much water and soak the oats but by adding 1.5 tablespoons to a cup full of oats seems to be enough to even out the colouring onto the oats. Any food colouring works fine.



Step 2


-Empty the oats onto paper towels. Use your fingers to separate ones that have clumped together.

-Let them dry for a few hours or until your happy with them (I leave them to dry and put them back into the zip lock bags) there ideal for storing the oats.


Step 3


- Arrange the oats how ever you like and let the children explore them

-Put the oats into a tub, box or on a tray for different kinds of play, you could even add animals, dinosaurs or building blocks to the oats

-Add scoops, tubs and spoons 

-Watch as the children play for hours, oats are great for sensory play!

-Easy to sweep up after too!





**Always supervise children while there playing with the oats to avoid choking**

Encourage children not to eat the oats! 

It does happen and oats are safe to eat but for this purpose they are for a play purpose.




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