Do you have a little one that likes to put everything in their mouth? Well, these jelly bean watercolours are a great sensory activity that is totally taste safe. Sometimes it can be challenging when you want to do an art activity when you have kids of different ages to find something suitable. Maxi always loved painting and mini did too, however, he always put his hands in and then put them in his mouth. This is a fab solution and also a great way to add some science in for older children as you can talk about how you can make the colours darker by adding more sweets and less water.
Taste safe Jelly Bean Watercolours
- Small plastic cups
- Jelly beans
- Warm water
- Spring colouring sheet printable
How to make your own taste safe Jelly Bean Watercolours
Print out the free Spring themed colouring sheet.
Separate your jelly beans into different colours. This is a great opportunity for colour naming practice and counting with little ones.
Place at least 6 jelly beans into each small plastic cup. The more jelly beans you add to the cups, the darker your watercolour paint will be.
Pour some warm water into the cups with the jelly beans.
Let the jelly beans sit for up to 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while to help remove the colouring for the candy.
Remove the jelly beans with a spoon.
Use your watercolour paint as you normally would.
I love combining science and art and these Jelly Bean watercolours are perfect for this. You could also try swapping out your weets for others such as skittles o even starbursts and see what difference it makes. You could also try using cold water.
If you want to take this a step further then try using the paints on toast, so children can eat their painting!
This looks so fun to do! I think I’ve seen something similar with skittles.