Sugar Aunts: Valentine's Day Sensory Bin...and Dyeing Paper

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin...and Dyeing Paper

We were BADLY in need of a paper shredder in our house.   This is just a little bit of the crazy amounts of shredded paper we now have.  But, before it went into the recycle bin, my husband knew there would be something we could make with it!  He knows me :)
I thought it would be interesting to try

Dyeing Paper with Food Coloring!

So, I put a bunch of the shredded paper into a plastic bag, added about 10 drops of food coloring, and some water.  I added another plastic bag (a mushy globby explosion in the kitchen is a little much...even for me haha) and tied the top up.  The kids had a fun old time shaking the bag around and generally going crazy.
Typical Day here.
We shook the bag until all of the paper in the bag was coated in red color, poured the damp paper into a cardboard box to let it dry for a few days.
This was the Sensory Bin I made up for the kids to explore.
Little Guy and Baby Girl had a little spatula battle.  Oh, this girl LOOOOVES to play with her big brother and sister.  She loves the action and chaos the big kids bring to Every. Thing!

 I love these little cardboard hearts!  Toilet paper roll pinched into a heart shape and cut into strips. 
So fun!


  1. Wonderful idea! Looks lovely!
    Will think of doing something like this with my niece who will be 2 this month!
    I found your blog through the Northern Beauty Blogs Blog hop;
    Now following you!
    Love Ellie,

  2. ooh we will add this to our current red/pink food colouring frenzies!

  3. Love the idea of dying the paper! So cute!

  4. Oh, how fun!! I love the idea of dying the paper. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Wow!!
    This is really great idea to explore your creativity as i am one of them who like to bestow hand made gifts to my dear and near ones. I have shredder but rarely use it. Now i got the idea where to put them. :)

  6. What a pretty sensory box. My twins would love this.

    I have featured it on the Sunday Showcase:

  7. shredded paper for a sensory bin is great! And then to dye it even more fun!!

  8. dyed shredded paper could also be used in gift bags, etc---it can be dyed any color depending on the holiday/occasion........LOVE THIS IDEA FOR RECYCLING


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