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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

24 comments:

laylablue said...

great thinking on your feet!
purell in place of alcohol...

the munchkins and i have completed their pj pants, and they are proudly taking them along to the g-parents' :)

i looooove your blog, and want to take time to look over your older posts
have a super day!

Lisa said...

Wow, I love this! I've been wanting to do it with the pasta, but now I will have to try both! Thanks for sharing this!

Have a great one!
Lisa

parentingBYdummies said...

Looks like fun! Wish there were some pinl lovers over here to try it with :( thanks for stopping by the blog yesterday for my big day! Hope you come back soon:)

MaryAnne said...

Your rice looks beautiful, and I love the idea of substituting purell for rubbing alcohol, brilliant improvising with the materials you have on hand!

Valerie said...

The rice looks beautiful and your colors are very vibrant! I bet the girls had a great time playing with it. :-)

Erin said...

Hey great idea! Love this and am looking forward to trying it out with my daughter.

Christy said...

I just bought a big bag of rice to do this! Fun!

Lisa said...

Your children are so lucky to have such a creative, hands-on, fun mummy. Just love your projects! Can you come over and do some with my kids? ;)

miss carly said...

I love all your ideas!

Amy said...

I've had a lovely morning browsing your blog. I love your ideas and the creativity you instill in your children. I have three year old who loves anything creative so I'm having a blast with him. We'll definitely have to try this rice idea. We've dyed pasta for counting/sorting/stringing but I this looks fun. Thanks for all your great ideas.

Jenn said...

I love your rainbow sensory box & your rainbow party. Lots of great ideas here. I’ve got a MckLinky party called Tot Tuesdays which started on Tuesday. I hope you'll stop by & share some of your ideas:

http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/2010/03/first-ever-tot-tuesdays-mcklinky-party.html


Cheers,
Jenn

Monica Crumley said...

I mentioned your rainbow rice idea on my blog and gave a link over to your blog. Maybe you'll see some new faces from the Down syndrome community :-)

RinoaBri said...

I am having so much fun exploring your blog. I ran a home daycare for 11 years and I used many of the same ideas you have posted. Including the rice box here. It's also very good for adults to use if they have to deal with anxiety issues. Did you know that pink and green are the two colors of the heart chakra? Seems to fit you perfectly.

Ashbuny said...

i just recently found your blog & LOVE this activity... my 2 year old is fascinated! he's working on his fine motor skills & telling me all his colors! I LOVE IT!! thanks soo much for sharing this great idea!!

Katie said...

lol! Love the princess party!

Leslie said...

Absolutely love this! Just did it and blogged about it! Thanks!

http://adventureswithmyfour.blogspot.com/2010/07/rainbow-rice.html

Leslie said...

I absolutely love this! We did this and it was a huge success. Here's our fun with rainbow rice:

http://adventureswithmyfour.blogspot.com/2010/07/rainbow-rice.html

Thanks!!!

jdlady51 said...

My 2yo LOVES this! We use a touch of white vinegar and food colouring to colour ours. Works great. Also love doing it with pasta.

The Monko said...

Did this with my son last week and it turned out great. I credited you on my blog and linked to this page. You have nicer colours. My food dye was dubious, i might have to shop around. Thanks for the insipration

Jennifer said...

This looks easy to replicate, thanks! I found your blog through pinterest and am now following.

Robyn... Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

That rice is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Oh wow... I love your blog!

Joan said...

I tried doing this today. It was fun and so easy to do. I used it to fill an empty glass container and used it for decoration. I think I will do more tomorrow. I will post it on my blog and link you. Thanks for the inspiration. Your ideas are great.

mrsladymarian said...

Do you have a problem with the color rubbing off? I made an I-spy bag for my daughter and the objects now seem to be covered in a fine teal-colored powder. Any ideas of how to prevent this?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@mrsladymarian -- I haven't had any problems. Make sure the dyed rice is REALLY dry before sealing it up in a container or bag.

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