Rainbow Rice

I gave rice dying a try and found out it was really easy. It has proven a great sensory exploration activity.

After reading a couple how-tos, I decided it was easy enough that I could have my little helper participate. I think she has just as much fun making the rice colorful as she does playing with it.

IMG_2708Ingredients needed: Long grain rice, vinegar, and food coloring
Equipment: Measuring cups and spoons, zip lock baggies, tray, and something to spread the rice.

IMG_2706In a zip lock baggie mix 2 Tablespoons vinegar with a few drops of food coloring. I had icing color and thought I would test to see if one made the colors richer. It really didn’t seem to matter.

IMG_2823Once the two liquids are mixed, add 1 1/2 cups rice.

IMG_2710Be sure to zip the baggie completely and shake the mixture around. This was very exciting, and I had to watch Eden closely as she wanted to use her fingers to push on the rice through the bag. However, this easily caused holes.

IMG_2733Spread the rice out on a towel to dry. It only takes about 20 minutes.

IMG_2828We made all the colors of the rainbow. As we were making each of these, I started to wonder if it would work to use the left over Easter egg dye. I gave it a try, and in fact it turned out great. I would normally just dump the extra egg dye down the drain so it was nice to find another use for it.

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Without any instruction Eden automatically started practicing drawing shapes.

IMG_3578And writing her letters.

IMG_3564With the addition of tools she practiced pouring, moving, and filling.

IMG_3571She then thought it was fun to create pretend words. After plenty of free play I asked her to pretend the blue rice was water and the green tray was the grass and she sorted the plastic animals by water and land dwellers.

IMG_3573With the idea of storing the rice for a later use, I filled plastic bottles with each of the different colors. I then got the idea to turn it into a seek and find game with our current sight words Eden is learning. Eli also finds these bottles fun to shake and push around the room.

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