Supplies to make colored rice:
1/4 measuring teaspoon
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.