This is a really simple and easy one to do. You can use your coloured oats as a sensory experience, not to mention as an addition to Small World, Creative play and many, many more areas of provision.
You will need:
Porridge Oats – I have found that the LARGE porridge oats work best.
Small container (like and egg cup)
Zip Lock freezer bags
Food colouring or liquid water colour
What to do:
Put one cup of porridge oats into a Zip Lock freezer bag
Mix 2 tablespoons of water with a few drops of food colouring in your small container.
I used this cake decorators gel colour
- Pour a SMALL amount of the coloured liquid into the bag with the oats
- SHAKE the bag to spread the colour…(it won’t go far!).
- Add more liquid and shake again.
- Repeat until all of the liquid has been used.
IMPORTANT BIT – All of the oats will not be covered. DO NOT be tempted to add a bit more food colouring and water as the oats get VERY wet very quickly and you will end up with lumps of sticky porridge and have to start again!
- Once you have used all of your food colouring, tip the oats out of the bag and spread them out to dry. This will take about an hour.
- If you want a stronger colour then you can repeat the process again once the oats have dried.
As you can see from the picture above, some colours worked better than others. I considered ‘double dying’ the blue batch, but in the end decided to leave them so that you could see the effect.
They look very inviting laid out in stripes – but even better once little hands have got stuck in!
They are great if you use them in a tough spot or a table top – but they can be especially effective if you use them on a mirror, tin foil or a light box.
You can add water to them to make a multicoloured mush, which will also make the children’s hands feel super soft!
Goldilocks didn’t know what she was missing!