You might remember me sharing rice play with you before. It was such a hit with the ladybird that we have done it many times since. A couple of weeks back I decided that it was time to dye the rice.
It’s really simple to dye rice. Simply add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a sandwich bag of rice (I had about 250g rice per bag) add a good few drops of food colouring, mix and keep adding more food colouring until you are happy with the colour. Spread the rice in a thin layer and leave to dry over night (which should remove the vinegar smell too).
I put the rice in four stripes of different colours in our messy play box, added some scoops and coloured beakers and let the ladybird play. The different colours were all soon mixed together but we love the multi coloured rice just as much.
The ladybird loved this just as much as before and happily played for some time. When she had finished I put the rice back in an air tight container ready for next time. It keeps really well and already we have used it many times.