Dyed Wooden Discs For Playing and Learning

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Beautiful dyed colored discs for toddlers, preschoolers, or elementary children.  Great as a math manipulative or as an imagination prop.  Beautiful natural homemade toy, perfect for Waldorf or Montessori methods.

Who would imagine that these little wooden circles would be so much fun!? But if you've spent much time with young children, you can probably immediately see their value.  Playing with natural materials is such a treat, and these wooden discs have been a big hit so far with my girls.  Let me tell you how to make these little discs, and give you a few ideas of how you may want to use them.

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Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Gather Your Materials

  • wooden discs (I was so pleased with the quality of this brand.  These discs are thick, smooth, and have a nice rounded edge.)
  • small containers
  • vinegar
  • water
  • liquid food coloring (we used primary colors and neon colors)
  • tray and towels for drying

 Dye Your Discs


Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Add equal parts vinegar and water to your small containers.  Add food coloring.  I used 1/4 c. vinegar and 1/4 c. water, along with 15-20 drops of food coloring.  Put your wooden discs into the liquid and swish them around.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Let the discs soak for about 10-15 minutes.  I found that adding more food coloring helped to increase the intensity of the colors, but soaking the discs for longer didn't help much.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Pull your discs out of the colored liquid and place them on a tray lined with paper towels.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Allow your discs to dry overnight.  After several hours, I noticed the discs were starting to warp a bit.  I flipped them over as they continued to dry and they ended up being mostly flat.   I'm not sure if the flipping helped, or if they would have dried flat anyway.  Either way, the wood is fairly soft and pressing them under heavy books would help them flatten if necessary.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Alright, your colored discs are dyed and dried.  Now what in the world are you supposed to do with them?

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Sort them.  Pretend they're cookies.  Count them.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

 Pretend you have a basket full of money!  Or seeds, or chocolates, or flower petals.

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

Stack them!  Make a leaning tower!  The possibilities are endless. 

Dyed colored wooden discs for learning or playing

I call this picture, "Mom, PLEASE stop taking pictures so that I can play with them!"

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