This inexpensive and enjoyable craft project is something that you and your kids can do together – you can make almost any pattern or picture you can think of.

You will need:

  • Large sheet of card, thick paper or canvas
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Dried beans of different colours – white beans, navy beans, kidney beans, borlotti beans, split peas, lentils, etc. Put a small amount of these in several containers for easy access.

How to make it:

  1. Start by drawing your preferred pattern onto the card or canvas – you can trace a drawing if you prefer.
  2. Paint glue onto one of the areas of the pattern, or as a border.
  3. Sprinkle one colour of beans onto that area, or place neatly if it is an outline.
  4. Use a ruler or your fingers to make the edges neat.
  5. Continue with another section of the pattern or picture and use a different colour of beans.
  6. Set aside to dry for at least 1 hour.