The rice that I used for this post was originally intended for I Spy jars for my kids. I made the jars, but they were not happy (to put it lightly) to discover that I intended to keep the small animals I had put in the jars in there permanently. So we removed the small plastic animals, built a habitat for them instead, and decided to create a different use for the rice. But, I’m getting ahead of myself! Here is how we made colored rice in the first place:
How to Make Colored Rice for Art Projects and Sensory Play
We divided the rice into four plastic jars (yes, we like Nutella in this house!):
And admired the resulting colors:
Then we left them to dry overnight:
And used them for an “art project” the next day – which consisted of Johnny making a Big Mess while Emma carefully glued one grain of rice at a time onto her piece of paper. If I were to do this particular project again, I would have the kids use liquid glue bottles instead of glue sticks – the grains of rice stuck to the glue sticks too easily.
We have a LOT of rice left, so if you have other activities we can use this for, I’d love to hear! I plan to let Emma make a colored rice layer jar, and then to do something with the rice in that once it (inevitably) has been shaken together. I’m sure it will get used for sensory play and to make temporary rice art, but we are always open to new ideas!