Friday, August 2, 2013

Dyed Rice Sensory Play and The Weekly Kid's Co-op

This week, we made some Kool-aid dyed rice for sensory play. We followed this basic tutorial from mama miss and the kids were so excited to help out. You'll want to check out her tutorial for exact measurements and details on why she chooses to use Kool-aid instead of regular food coloring.

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:
Sensory Bottles
Water Tables
Pretend Kitchen Play
Arts and Crafts Projects
....and so much more!

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  1. sounds so easy compared to other posts I've seen about coloring rice! going to try!

  2. Just want to introduce myself to each of the co-hosts of the kids co-op (which I love, thank you btw) – I’m Rachel, an Aussie mama blogger who loves Montessori, play-based learning, natural learning, Reggio and Waldorf. I look forward to getting to know you.

    1. Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by! I just love your light and shadow play :)