Colored Rice · Sensory Bin

Making Colored Rice & 5 Fun Play Ideas

img_4658

Supplies to make colored rice:

Vinegar

Ziploc Bags

Measuring Cup

1/4 measuring teaspoon

Food Dye

Uncooked Rice

Cup (optional)

Baking Tray

Step 1: I like to place my ziploc bag into a cup to make sure it doesn’t fall over.  Carefully pour 1 cup of uncooked rice into your ziploc bag.

Step 2: Pour 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar over the uncooked rice.

Step 3: Add anywhere from 15-25 drops of your desired color of food dye.  I love bright colored rice so I use 25 drops.  Experiment until you find the right shade for you.

Step 4:  Securely seal your ziploc bag and shake.  This is a fun activity to have your little one help you with.  Make sure the color gets distributed to all of the rice.

Step 5:  Lay your rice in a single layer on a flat surface.  You can use wax paper to make sure the color doesn’t transfer.  Let the rice sit for a couple hours until it is dry.

Now you have your own beautifully colored rice!!  Here are a few ideas of how to play with it.  The possibilities are endless!

Day At The Farm: We love coming up with different sensory bins and colored rice is such a great addition to one.  My kids love the idea below.  We used the green rice as the grass and added in some bunnies, cows, horses and trees.

Beach Life: My daughter came up with this sweet idea after a day at the beach inspired her.  The yellow rice is the sand and the blue rice is the ocean.  Add some mermaids and a beach ball for hours of imaginative fun!

Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin: Inevitably your different colored rice will become mixed up together but unlike playdoh, this is actually a good thing with rice!  The results are a beautiful ‘rainbow rice’!  A plain sensory bin with rice, scoops, bins, straws and cups will always be a hit.  Even my 7 year old still loves this.

Eye Spy: Grab a few small toys and take a picture of them and print it out (you can always just draw the pictures too). Add the toys and colored rice into a container with a secure lid. Have your child try to find all of the toys in the picture.

Rice Hand Print:  Trace your child’s hand with a pencil.  Have them use a paint brush to ‘paint’ glue onto their hand print.  Sprinkle the rice on top of the glue.  Once it is dry, shake off the excess rice.

If you liked this post, we also think you may enjoy Thanksgiving CraftsCute Turkey Cups For a Festive Feast and Nature Rocks

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Making Colored Rice & 5 Fun Play Ideas

  1. Pingback: Nature Rocks
  2. Pingback: Mono Prints
  3. Pingback: Salt Painting
  4. Pingback: Top 30 of 2016

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s