Making a gift for Father’s Day is a given around our home. Trying to keep it a surprise, now that is the challenge. V was too excited not to share her bag book with her Papi, so I was left pulling out another fun craft for her to create. I decided to update a classic and we created a fun dry bean mosaic.
I have done mosaics with dry beans before, but I wanted to mix it up a little. V has been into painting a lot lately so I knew she would be up for the challenge.
What you need for your Dry Bean Mosaic:
- Dry white beans. We chose 2 different sizes to give some good variation.
- Kids paints.
- Contact paper.
- A canvas or thick posterboard.
- White glue.
Making your Dry Bean Mosaic:
Start by peeling back a large piece of contact paper and fasten it to your table sticky side up.
Dump your dry beans on the paper and spread them out. V really enjoyed doing this. Once they are only one bean deep press down with hands.
Then start painting! A few of them got loose, but for the most part, the contact paper really helped keep them down. She really enjoyed painting over the bumpy texture. Let them dry before removing them from the contact paper.
Using your white glue start by drawing out your design. Have your little one place the beans one at a time along the glue. V loved squeezing out all of the glue and spreading it around. Picking up and placing the beans was a great fine motor activity and really held her attention. We did take one break after finishing the letters and border. I wanted to give them a moment to set before filling everything in.
Then start placing the beans in the negative space. Mix the sizes up to try to cover as much as possible. We painted Red, Blue, and Yellow beans, but decided to use Red, Blue, and White instead. I am glad we did. It really helped contrast the letters from the background.
Once we got it outside for some good pictures they almost looked like little stones!
She was very proud of her dry bean mosaic… so proud that she showed Papi as soon as he got home… oh well, I guess that is what I get for trying to do my projects early so I can share with you! At least the gift I am buying will remain a secret!
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