Monday, 4 October 2010

Make The Most Of Your First Rainbow Rice Activity

We made Rainbow Rice and I tried to extend this as much as possible,
as you only get 1 shot at mixing the colours together.

To make: get some cheap long grain rice.
Put some in a sandwich bag ( or 2 if they are thin bags like mine), with several drops of food colouring,
and a few squirts of hand sanitizer. Make sure it says alcohol in the ingredients.
Shake and leave to dry.

First we used a big tray.
I made a big paper cone for Big Seed to play with.
He used it to put the rice on the tray; he liked the feel of it falling through his fingers.

Then he swooshed it around with his hands.

He used a funnel for the next colour.

Then we transferred the rice to a big tub.
This is the one we used for our Sand and Autumn Sensory Box.
Here he is scooping the green rice with a spoon into the box.

Now pouring with a scoop into a bowl.

His favourite!
Playing with Construction vehicles.

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  1. That looks like so much fun. I will have to give it a try. The colours are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Lou.

  2. Looks like he had a great time and I'm glad you're enjoying my hand sanitizer method of making rainbow rice. I think it's much more kid-friendly than using rubbing alcohol! : )

    pink and green mama

  3. great idea! Again!

  4. Fun idea.I love all the colours mixed together. No chance of seperating out all the colours and starting again!

  5. Colorful and fun..two of my favorite words!Thanks for sharing with us, have a lovely afternoon.

  6. that looks like lots of fun, ill be sure to try it. Does the colouring come off on hand and clothes?

  7. This is a great activity! This colored rice is so versatile. I use colored rice to make mandalas-circular or square pictures, inside of paper plates, pie tins, shoe box lids or trays. A friend from India showed me how to do it. Its very calming & a good way to encourage & improve focus!

    To create the design, you can use a simple coloring page, or just draw some simple geometric shapes on paper, cut to fit and set that in a pie pan or brownie tin, or even a shoebox lid (my favorite)

    To see a photo of a large one I did with a youth group go to:!/album.php?aid=166139&id=201337143089

  8. Thank you for this amazing idea! I will definitely be trying it out with my little girls soon. :)

  9. Looks great! Perfect for a chilly autumn morning with my crew...

  10. I love this idea - I'm looking forward to giving this a go with the kids!

  11. We had a lot of fun with this activity, and snap, the construction vehicles were brought out at the end - irresistible! Boys!
    Loving your blog - thank you!

  12. This looks like so much fun. Can you explain why you need hand sanitizer?

  13. Thanks for your lovely comment:) I was all set to try this the other day once i'd figured out I have food colouring and hand sanitizer only to discover I was lacking a rather important ingredient (um rice!!!lol)Looks like ill be waiting until shopping day afterall:)

  14. Oh I love this, my girls will love it!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  15. Hi Angela,
    You need the sanitizer to distribute the colour and helps it to stick to the rice, or it won't work. I have it from the expert MaryLea@Pink and Green Mama who invented the method!

  16. This is awesome and looks like fun I think I'll have to make a batch of this to put in my art studio.

  17. so.doing.this.with.the.preschoolers! LOVE IT!

  18. Great idea, my children love playing with rice.


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