Rice + Food Coloring = FUN!
I have started to make sensory bins and have found some WONDERFUL ideas via Pintrest. If you don't know what Pintrest is I STRONGLY urge you to go check it out... I'm serious! GO! GO! GO! WARNING: VERY ADDICTIVE!
For this bin I used brown rice because that's what I had on hand. But I do recommend if you want to dye it, white rice will turn out with much brighter colors. Ours came out pretty good.
|They look like easter colors.!|
- Rice - any kind or amount works
- Food coloring - I used both liquid and gel
- Zip lock bags - cheap sandwich ones work
- A bin - any size will work
- Kitchen stuff or what ever else you want to use
- White vinegar or rubbing alcohol
This was a good chance to work on colors with Sister Bear. She is 2 and a half and knows her colors pretty well, but its always good to go back to them. I love using project time as a chance to learn.
The red was the brightest color and was neat to watch. The yellow on the other hand was very pale. But I think that is because we tried it with brown rice.
After what seemed like an eternity, the rice was finally dry enough to play with YAY!! So I went out into the garage and found and empty clear tote for Sister Bear to play in to help contain the mess. We normally just put a sheet down in the living room and then I vacuum afterwards, but this worked even better.
I put the tote in the middle of our kitchen floor, added some fun kitchen stuff, Sister Bear and then the rice. It was fun to watch the colors mix as we poured them in.
|Sister Bear helping me|
|The black dot is a black bean that got mixed in from the last time we played with the rice. ( before dyeing it)|
|A sea of colors!|
|Scooping and pouring|
Once Sister Bear got tired, clean up was really easy. I threw all the scoopers and pourers into the sink and dumped the rice into a smaller container. Then I just swept up the kitchen, which I had to do anyways. There really wasn't much of a mess. Sister Bear wore footy PJ's so there wasn't any place for the rice to hide. You know how after you go to the beach, you are still finding sand in you kids shoes, coat pockets etc... a week later? Well we didn't have that problem here! Defiantly need to remember that for next time.
|Our big batch of red|
Once the red was all done, I just added it to the other rice and TA DA!
I'm excited to play with this again and mix up all the red. Right now it sitting on my shelf just like that and its so tempting to go shake it :-). Maybe when we get board with the sensory bin, we will use this rice for an art project!
I hope you enjoyed reading this and I have encouraged you to try it. Please leave me a note and let me know what you think!
Have you every dyed rice and used it in a sensory bin?