Beans are wonderful little creative nuggets that are durable, lasting, and have plenty of color variations making them a great material for crafting. They shouldn’t just be made into plain mosaic art pieces. There are more things you can do with them, and there are tons of ideas out there that use beans for special and useful creations. We’ve collected 10 of the best ones, fantastic projects to do for rainy and snowy days.
Dyed Beans in an Upcycled CD Case
If you have a bunch of CD cases lying around somewhere, bring them to life while giving your children hours of fun. This upscaled version of a regular bean mosaic can totally be used as a coaster or a lovely decor piece!
Halloween Wreaths from Beans
Create ghostly house wreaths for this spooky holiday using beans and paper plates, and hang your kids’ masterpieces on your doors or just about anywhere around the house.
Jelly Bean Jewelry
Technically, they’re not actual beans, but they are easy to thread and are super festive with their bright colors. The best thing about this project is that it’s edible, so it’ll definitely win over your toddler’s heart!
From Marla Meridith
You won’t need an entire backyard for this one because you can basically plant beans anywhere: in a cup, a used CD case, or even a Ziploc bag. Kids will not only have fun with the planting, they’ll also learn some ‘sciency’ stuff, too.
From Playdough to Plato
Go artistic with beans’ and seeds’ natural shapes. Use them to sculpt animals, insects and just about anything. All you need are the seeds and glue, and you’re ready to go!
From Filth Wizardry
DIY Bird Seed Feeders
Involve your kids in this special project for our flying friends. This bird feeder doesn’t need a lot of work, so it’s great for very young crafters. Enjoy mixing and setting beans and seeds into cute tiny shapes!
From Plain Vanilla
Toddler Seed Pod Stamping
Pandanus seed pods and big seeds like acorns and pumpkin seeds are perfect printing craft tools. It can be a special game for remembering patterns and shapes. Plus the prints can be framed or used in other projects.
Alphabet Beans Matching Game
Try painting beans and putting letters on them. This awesome idea starts out as a craft project that turns into a pattern matching game that can be built up into fun literacy activities like word building and spelling.
From The Imagination Tree
Forget buying toy Maracas – build a couple of your own by recycling last season’s plastic Easter eggs and filling them with beans. This is ideal for birthday parties or just for keeping the youngsters occupied during rainy days.
From Oriental Trading
Bean and Seed DIY Frame
And lastly, revamp your old picture frames and keep them with their new look or send them off as gifts. This nifty project only needs beans, seeds, white glue and your kids’ creative little hands to get it going.
From Love the Country