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How to Dye Cous Cous for Sensory Play

I’ve dyed pasta and rice quite a few times for sensory play with kids, my son loves using it for these monster invitations to play and it worked really well in this seaside sensory bottle┬ábut when I went to make something for my daughter yesterday I stumbled on a small issue. If I dyed the rice or pasta we’d have nothing for dinner. Well, we might, but I didn’t think my husband would fancy red pasta and frankly it didn’t super appeal to me either. All that remained in the cupboard was some cous cous and it turned out that it was super simple to dye to use in sensory play.

how to dye cous cous for sensory play

You will need:

Cous Cous

A Bowl


A Spoon

Food Colouring

How to dye cous cous for sensory play:

This is so simple, simply pop your cous cous into a bowl and then add a few drops of food colouring. I use the old school liquid ones rather than the new (more expensive) gel ones. Give it a stir and you’re done! If there doesn’t seem to be enough colour to go round add a few drops more, if it seems a bit too liquidy just add some more cous cous and stir for a bit longer. You don’t need to add any water to this. Let the cous cous dry before playing with it, the same as you would for dyed rice or pasta.

This dyed cous cous would be great in a tuff spot, sensory bin or busy bags!

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1 Comment

  1. 19th July 2015 / 3:39 pm

    What a fantastic sounding idea and imagine all the colours you could make! x

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