Brighten up your day!
The weather is grey and cloudy outside today, so I thought I’d make something colourful to brighten up the day a bit. So I decided to make some rainbow rice! Have you ever seen the coloured rice usually used as sensory play? If you try to scroll through Pinterest you will truly find a lot of inspiring ideas using coloured rice. It is wonderful! You can use it for all kinds of sensory activities, and it’s really easy to make!
There are lots of tutorials available on the Internet that can guide you how to dye rice for play. The recipe that I will be using is it kids-friendly and safe for your kids to use. I use vinegar as an alternative to rubbing alcohol. I’m happy to say that my rice turned out to be really vibrant, and I’ve run my hands through all the colours while it’s drying, and the colour didn’t transfer to my hands.
So here, is what you will need to dye your rice:
2. White vinegar (1/2 tsp. for each colour)
3. Food colouring or icing gels (I used Wilton icing gels)
4. A container with lid (ex: margarine container, zip lock bags or food storage container etc.)
5. Something to dry the rice (ex: baking sheet, trays, pie plate or a large container).
Easy so far, right? Ready to colour your rice?
This method is quick and easy, and it’s fun, so grab the kids! They might want to help!
3 easy steps:
1. Pour one cup of rice into a container.
2. Add few drops of food colouring and the 1/2 tsp. of vinegar into a container with a lid.
3. Now you just have to: SHAKE, SHAKE, And SHAKE!
So when your rice is uniformly coloured, put it to dry for a couple of hours. Once is completely dried, is totally ready to use! You can use it in so many ways for toddler arts & crafts projects, educational discovery bottles, and shakers and as I mentioned before, it is a great sensory activity for kids. They love the texture and letting it slide in between their fingers.
You will be able to keep the dyed rice indefinitely! Just store it in an airtight container. How easy was that! Aren’t you just “dyeing” to try it out? Well, if you love this fun process for colouring rice, you’ll love to try to dye pasta too!