We don't eat a lot of white rice, so we used all of our leftover rice that I used to weight the centerpieces in the boys' Carnival Birthday Party. The best part was that it was already divided into Ziplock bags with 1 cup each. We used generic Kool-aid and alcohol for our rice.
The kids helped dump the ingredients into gallon-sized Ziplock bags. For each color we used:
2 cups white rice
2 teaspoons alcohol
1 packet of drink mix
After I sealed everything tight, the kids shook up the rice and watched it change colors like "magic". This was especially fun for my 2-year-old.
The red and purple turned out great with just the drink mix. I ended up adding a few drops of yellow food coloring to the lemonade mix and shaking it some more to get a brighter color.
Then, we poured everything onto a large cookie sheet. I divided the sheet into sections with aluminum foil to keep the colors separate. We let the rice dry overnight although it would have been ready to play with after a few hours.
We used our rice to make Color Sensory Bins adding in measuring cups, spoons, and toys that coordinated with each color. The kids had a great time with their new sensory materials.
Dyed Rice is also great for:
Pretend Kitchen Play
Arts and Crafts Projects
....and so much more!
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