Bean Face Mosaic

Emily informed me this morning that she wanted to make a smiley face. I have no idea why she chose to make such an angry face this afternoon, but she kept telling me this was a picture of a bad guy who is very very VERY ANGRY. 

To make bean faces, you will need heavy cardstock or cardboard, a pencil, glue, some rice, and a bag of 16 bean soup mix (found in the bean aisle at the grocery store, very inexpensive). Emily drew the face on the cardstock first, then started gluing the rice and beans. This is a great activity for building fine motor skills, and having all the beans in one bag meant that she had to sort through them too. While working on this, she commented that she had no idea there were so many different kinds of beans. I loved how she showed emotion in the face with both the mouth and the eyebrows! If your kids like using glue (as Emily obviously does), this is sure to be a big hit! Also, I don’t plan to cook with this particular bag of beans, since now it is strictly for art use only!!


  1. SE'LAH... says

    Very cool. wonder what we could make with some rice and food colour?

    p.s. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my guest appearance at sunnydaytodaymama.

  2. Melissa @ A Child at Play says

    That is an angry bean face!I love this idea – I will have to look for those beans.

  3. Mama King says

    So expressive! I love it! She should do a series of emotions.

  4. aprilfoolwed says

    Looks like a lot of fun! We’ll be trying this one!

  5. @ Mama King — I thought an emotional series would be really neat too!

  6. I love those, my older kids would love making those.

    Thanks for sharing with Friday Showcase!!!!