Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rainbow Rice Is Twice As Nice! Make Your Own Colored Rice For A Sensory Box

Children and Rainbows go together like Peas and Carrots.
Why not make your own colored rice to explore a RAINBOW sensory box?
The girls and I continued our Color Wheel themed Rainbow Camp Week with this fun project.
We used food coloring to dye white rice for a new Rainbow Activity Box.


I wanted to use rubbing alcohol to "set" the food coloring color
with the rice (the same way I dyed the noodles for our sun catcher rainbows)

But, I was running low on rubbing alcohol,
so I substituted with Purelle (alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
It worked perfectly!
4-5 pumps per sandwich bag and 4-5 drops of food coloring.
(I re-used the bags I dyed the noodles in)
I think it actually dried a lot faster!

I found this great idea at the Forester Clan Blog.
They did a much more sophisticated color palette with their rice.

We stuck with our basic 6 colors,
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet.
my girls aren't big fans of Indigo (navy blue...no thanks)


So pretty before we mixed it all together...
NOTE: We let it finish drying in the sunshine and fresh air to get rid of the
alcohol smell - once it was dry there wasn't any smell except for the rice smell.


So far, the princesses are having quite a party in their new confetti Rainbow Land!



Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea

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