This is an activity that is super easy and lots of fun for kids. It is a one of those versatile things that can be used for many games and various imaginative play. It’s also great for teaching math concepts.

I had written a blog post earlier on how to colour rice. Colouring channa (chickpea) is much quicker, less messy and the best part is that you can always separate it back into the various colours.

All you need is channa, food colour, vinegar and a plastic bottle.


For this quantity that I made, I used about 1 kg of channa.


  • Channa (Chickpea): 1 kg
  • Food Colour: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow (You only need these basic 4 colours. You can make the rest by mixing two colours together (Indigo: 3 Blue, 1 Red; Violet: 1 Blue, 2 Red; Orange: 2 Yellow, 1 Red )
  • Vinegar: 7 tsps
  • 1 Plastic Bottle



  • Pour about ¼ cup of channa into the bottle.
  • Add a few drops of food colour and a tsp of vinegar.
  • Shake the bottle hard till the colour has evenly coated the channa. (You can get your child to do this. They really enjoy the noise it makes. Not so sure the parent will!)
  • You can add more food colour if needed.
  • Pour it out on a plate and leave it to dry.
  • Wash the bottle and dry it with tissue, before putting the next lot of channa in to colour. This will ensure that your colours don’t become muddy.


The channa should dry in about 2 hours and will be ready for your child to play.

Give your child some spoons and containers, and watch them go wild!

They can also use it with their transport set, tea set, dolls, etc. It’s great for imaginative play.

You can use this for different activities like colour sorting, forming letters or numbers, counting, teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.

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