7 Ways to use Food Coloring in Play

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I am excited to share with you some of the things we get up to with food coloring in our crafts and activities! 

1. Sensory play with color rice

Color rice has been become a big favorite for my 3 year old. He is very sensory and loves to run his fingers through the grains. He especially loves a new batch of rice because he gets to mix the colors.
Kids crafts and activities with color rice ultimate guide

2. Playing with color pasta

Color pasta is another kitchen ingredient we love to play with! We were inspired by the hungry caterpillar to take our pipe cleaners and color pasta beads to make a little worm to help tell the story.
The Very Hungry Pasta Bead Caterpillar

3. Home made play dough

Living a long drive from shops that sell play dough we make our own in my house. I rather love to do this because I can get the kids involved in the making of the playdough as well as the playing of it.
How to Make your own Play Dough

4. Melting color ice

Sometimes it is hard to find things for a very curious just turned one year old to do. Exploring ice blocks was fun for both my 3 and 1 year old, the water babies in the family.
Color Ice Play

5. Gooey paint exploring

Texture exploring is top on the list for my youngest. I made a patch of colorful flour based finger paints added it to a ziplock for exploring indoors and when the sun came out emptied it on a plastic sheet for messy explore outside.
Gooey Paint Exploring

6. Experimenting with color and flowers

Everyone should try to color a flower at least once! I was very happy to have both boys involved in this little experiment. My 3 year old loved to watch the color go into the water and the 4 year old was facinated by a changing flower.
experiments coloring flowers

7. Gak. meh. fun

This fun Gak, from my friend Marie, is on my pending to do list! I know my 3 year old will certainly love to try it, I am not so sure about my 4 year old he is very “mess” (as he says it) worried, although he is fine with play dough.
gak meh
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