Monday, 28 March 2016

Coloured Rice For Kids: DIY

Hey everyone! So this week I made some coloured rice for our son to play with, this DIY was sparked by him always wanting to touch rice whenever we'd prepare it for cooking! (As you can imagine, in Thailand, we cook it a lot.) One day, I made an additional bowl for him to play with, and he was thrilled! I also added some bottle lids to the bowl for him to scoop with and then some plastic cups so he could fill them with rice. He loved it. And obviously, this is a great sensory activity for developing those all-important fine motor skills.  So I decided to go out and buy another big bag of rice just for him to play with, it was fun for a while, but I wanted to make it better. After a little inspiration from the internet I decided coloured rice would be a winner, and it was.

And it's the simplest thing to make. Ever.

All you need is,

White Rice
White Vinegar
Food Colouring of Your Choice.
Plastic Zip Lock Bags
Something to dry your rice in!
A tub for the finished coloured rice.

So how do you make it?

Step 1

Put as much rice as you want for one colour, in one plastic bag.
(I used 5 cups but you can use more or less).

Step 2

Add a dash of food colouring to the bag.
(It doesn't need to be much at all).

Step 3

Add about half a teaspoon of white vinegar.

Step 4

Shake the bag until all (or most) of the rice is coloured!
(I was surprised at how quick this happened!)

Step 5

Carefully empty the rice into a tray for drying!
(making sure there is enough space for the other colours!)

Then repeat for however many colours you want!

After you have tipped all of the rice in the tray, leave it overnight to dry.

In the morning, carefully tip your colours into the larger tub and then watch your child's' face light up with joy at all of the beautiful colours!

You can use anything you want to scoop the rice and it's also fun to let your kids fill up jars, muffin tins, ice cube trays etc. Whatever you have lying around basically :)

 He was playing for hours :)

All in all, an extremely successful activity!

Let me know if you have enjoyed this little post and I will make more of course :)

Don't forget to say hi in the comments too!


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