I have seen sensory tubs popping up here and there and thought it a good idea for the boys. One day one appeared in my G+ news feed. It was the most beautiful blue and I couldn’t help but wonder if I could get that color!
It turns out that making color rice is easy!!
I grabbed my bottle of vinegar and the food coloring. Rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of rice and however much food coloring you need for the shade you desire. I made 4 cups of color rice.
I made them in zip lock bags, poured the vinegar and coloring in, added the cup of rice and shook (zipped closed) and swooshed to get the colored vinegar everywhere.
Then brought out the wax paper and placed on top of some trays to let it dry. It took about an hour.
I then let the boys at the color rice!
In the corner on the foam mat where there would be minimum messing! We started out with one color each, then switched to another. They loved exploring and my very sensory 2 year old ran the grains through his hands many times inspecting them.
I brought out the cups, funnel and other containers. The rice then got mixed into rainbow rice for measuring and pouring. I let them do the mixing themselves and both boys were very interested in the mixing of the colors.
There was minimum sweeping when we were done as we confined to the corner.
Next time we will make even MORE color rice then get the little cars and farm animals out!
Check out the things we have done with Rainbow Color Rice so far!
- How to Neutralize the Vinegar Smell when Coloring Rice or Pasta
- 4 July Kids Craft Ideas – Color Rice American Flag Exploring & Fireworks!
- Rainbow Color Rice Spirals Activity
- Rainbow Color Rice and Contact Paper a Preschool Activity