How to make Christmas chickpeas sensory play tubs

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Making Christmas chickpeas follows a similar process to making coloured rice.


Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

These chickpeas make a perfect accompaniment to any Christmas sensory play ideas. Hide items in the chickpeas and let students find them, plus they're safe for little learners (just ensure adult supervision in case they put them in their mouths).


You will need:

  • Dried chickpeas

  • Food colouring (in Christmas colours)

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar for each bag of chickpeas

  • Plastic bags (sealable)

  • Baking paper

  • Baking tray

  • Glitter (if desired)

STEP ONE

Place the chickpeas inside a plastic bag and add a couple of drops of food colouring and 1/2 a cup vinegar.


Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

STEP TWO

Close the sealable bag and mix it all together.

Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

STEP THREE

Add some glitter if you prefer. It won't stick very well to the chickpeas but it will give them a light sparkle. Reseal and mix the bag again.

Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

STEP FOUR

Spread the chickpeas out onto baking paper on a large baking tray and leave to dry. Most will need to dry for 1-2 days depending on your climate.

Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

They will smell a little of vinegar so dry them outside if you can and the longer you leave them, the better they will smell. You can also add some Christmas scents to them if you'd like, just be careful that children aren't allergic to scented oils etc.


When completed, they make fun sensory trays for maths, literacy or just fun activities.



Christmas Sensory Play Tubs Montessori Activity

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