Today I’m sharing with you a really fun play activity for toddlers and preschool children – coloured rice sensory play. You might remember me sharing rice sensory play with you a little while ago. Well, it was such a hit with my toddler that we have done it many times since. A couple of weeks back I decided that it was time to dye the rice and do some coloured rice sensory play. It’s really simple to dye rice and I have included the instruction I followed below.
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You will need:
Food colouring (I use Wilton)
Beakers and bowls (these are Ikea which you can buy through Amazon)
How to dye rice
- 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 out in a thin layer on a tray and leave to dry overnight (which should remove the vinegar smell too).
- Your coloured rice is ready to use. Add to a tuff spot or other suitable tray or container (we use a large storage box).
- Once finished your rice can be stored in an airtight container to use next time.
I used four different coloured food colourings and put the rice in four stripes of different colours in our messy play box (which is an under bed storage box). I added some scoops, measuring spoons and coloured beakers. Then I let my toddler start playing. The different colours were all soon mixed together but we love the multi-coloured rice just as much. She loved this activity just as much as the last time she played with rice and happily played with it for some time. When she had finished I put the rice back in an airtight container ready for next time. It keeps really well and already we have used it many times. She is going through a phase of enjoying scooping and transferring things so this activity is perfect. I’m not going to lie, there was some rice all over my kitchen floor but it soon swept up.
Have you tried coloured rice sensory play?
If you enjoyed this, you may also enjoy Rainbow spaghetti sensory play.
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