“How to Dyed Couscous for Sensory Play?”

Sensory play is a vital part of a child’s development, engaging their senses and promoting exploration, learning, and creativity. But with little ones, ensuring everything is safe to explore is a top priority. That’s where taste-safe materials come in!

Today, we’re focusing on a fantastic sensory bin filler – dyed couscous! Couscous offers a delightful texture that’s perfect for tiny hands to scoop, pour, and sift. Even better, it’s completely safe for curious mouths that might take a taste during play.

Ready to create a rainbow of sensory fun? Here’s how to dye your own couscous:

What You’ll Need:

  • Uncooked couscous
  • Bowls (one for each color)
  • Food coloring (liquid or gel)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of water, 1 Tbsp of oil, and 1/4 tsp of salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of couscous.
  4. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Divide the couscous as many portions as wanted (I divided it in 4 bowls).
  6. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl (I used 4 colors).
  7. Lay the couscous to dry in a flat surface like a plate or a tray. Depending on the amount of moisture, drying time can vary from 30 minutes to a few hours.

The Fun Begins!

Once your dyed couscous is completely dry, it’s time for sensory play! Pour the different colored couscous into a bin or container and let your little one explore. They’ll love the vibrant colors and the unique texture of the couscous.

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I hope you can dye couscous at home, tell me if you could do one of them in the comments. I’ll be happy to read them 😊

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