different colors. Now we have a bucket of rainbow rice to play with whenever we feel like (it stays good for a long time). I love this method for making rainbow rice because it’s so easy, which makes making 6 batches for each color, a cinch! The colors turn out bright, and the rice smells so good with our added secret ingredient, making it extra fun to play with during sensory time.
What to do with Colored Rice?
with our rice is:
- Add toys, letters, numbers, scoops, measuring cups, and funnels to our rice sensory bins
- Play hide and seek by hiding an object in the sensory bin for children to find.
- Use the colored rice to craft with
- Make a Find-the Object bottle with rice and small toys
Rainbow Rice Sensory Play Recipe
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1 tsp. of powdered Kool-aid without sugar (When shopping for your Kool-aid packets, look at the color of drink in the pitcher to know what color the Kool-aid is inside. I was bummed out when tropical punch in the blue box turned out to be red inside).
- Lemonade-Yellow and Orange rice
- Grape-Purple rice
- Cherry-Red rice
- Lemon Lime-Green and Blue rice
1 C. uncooked rice1 T. water
1. Make one color at a time by mixing the Kool-aid, rice, water, and food coloring in a bag or container until the rice is fully coated (my kids love shaking the bags to mix the rice). Set the rice out to dry and occasionally mix it up so the bottom can dry too (I opened our bags and set them on the counter and would give them a little shake now and again). It took ours a couple hours, then it was ready to play with.
Since blue Kool-aid doesn’t exist, I used a little Lemon lime flavoring and blue food coloring to make our blue sensory rice so it still smells good, but is the right color.
For orange I used the yellow colored Kool-aid and added orange food coloring.
For green I used the yellow colored Kool-aid and added green food coloring.