Make Rainbow Rice in 5 Minutes!


My daughter loves her sensory bin. For these of you who don’t know, sensory bins are bins or packing containers full of issues which might be enjoyable to the touch and really feel, like sand, raw beans, rice, pom poms, and extra.

Then, you give your little one a bunch of scoops and bowls and allow them to dig/kind/squish/pour their manner by the totally different textures.

I had been utilizing raw white rice for Lola’s sensory play, however then I noticed you could dye the rice enjoyable colours, and fairly shortly I knew it was time to make rainbow rice!

There are many methods to dye the rice, however I went with an excellent fast model (solely takes 5 minutes to combine up!) that lasts the longest, so I’ll present you what I did.

Provides:
-1 cup of white raw rice
-1 teaspoon white vinegar
-food coloring (gel or common)
wax paper
-plastic baggie

Step One. Add 1 cup of raw rice to a small plastic baggie and add a couple of drops of meals coloring to the bag. If utilizing gel coloring, you’ll solely want a tiny bit.

Step Two. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the bag, seal the highest, and shake up the bag to combine the colour across the rice.

Step Three. When the colour is evenly combined, dump it out onto a chunk of wax paper, unfold it out thinly, and let it dry.

How Lengthy Does The Rice Take to Dry?

The rice will really feel dry in below an hour, however you may as well wait till the following day to make use of it.

I combined it round a couple of occasions with my fingers to ensure it was good and dry to keep away from molding earlier than storing it in a container.

Can I Make Rainbow Rice With out Vinegar?

You may make rainbow rice by skipping the vinegar and including a couple of drops of paint to the bag as an alternative of the meals coloring. However the addition of the vinegar helps protect the rice and retains it from getting moldy longer.

I didn’t actually discover a scent of vinegar as soon as the rice was dry (and I’ve a reasonably delicate nostril), if you’re questioning about that.

It additionally looks like the paint technique coats the rice in a extra opaque manner whereas the dye appears a bit extra translucent, in order that’s additionally a visible desire.

How Do I Retailer Rainbow Rice?

You possibly can put your rainbow rice in a sensory bin like this whenever you wish to play with it after which hold it in an hermetic container when not in use to protect the lifespan.

I do know some individuals have gotten years of use from one batch, so it’s potential to maintain it for a very long time. Can’t wait to make use of this rice for many enjoyable afternoons! xo. Laura

P.S. Try 100 Actions to Do with Children for extra concepts!


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Tips on how to make rainbow rice for a sensory bin

Directions

  • Add 1 cup of raw rice to a small plastic baggie and add a couple of drops of meals coloring to the bag. If utilizing gel coloring, you’ll solely want a tiny bit.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the bag, seal the highest, and shake up the bag to combine the colour across the rice.

  • When the colour is evenly combined, dump it out onto a chunk of wax paper, unfold it out thinly, and let it dry. The rice will really feel dry in below an hour, however you may as well wait till the following day to make use of it.

  • Hold your rice in an hermetic container when not in use to protect the lifespan. I do know some individuals have gotten years of use from one batch, so it’s potential to maintain it for a very long time!

Notes

You may make rainbow rice by skipping the vinegar and including a couple of drops of paint to the bag as an alternative of the meals coloring. However the addition of the vinegar helps protect the rice and retains it from getting moldy longer.
I didn’t actually discover a scent of vinegar as soon as the rice was dry (and I’ve a reasonably delicate nostril), if you’re questioning about that.
It additionally looks like the paint technique coats the rice in a extra opaque manner whereas the dye appears a bit extra translucent, in order that’s additionally a visible desire.

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