Bright and Fun Colored Rice

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On a mission to incorporate more sensory inspired activities into Abby's day/week, I ran across some rice I've had stashed away for longer than I'd like to admit.  She still loves transferring, pouring, running her hands through various materials/textures and being messy--so I thought she would love playing with rice--not something we've really used.  She also loves bold colors and who could blame we decided on colored rice for added fun.  This recipe is super easy and requires only three ingredients, you more than likely already have on hand.  You can't get much simpler than that!

Bright Rice words

Here's What You Will Need
  • White Rice
  • White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring (we used neon colors)
  • Large Plastic Zipper Bag
  • Wax Paper (Parchment or Aluminum Foil will work, too)

**For every 1 cup of rice you will be using 1 tablespoon of vinegar.**

Our bag of rice contained 4 cups total. Abby wanted purple AND blue rice so we measured 2 cups of rice into 2 separate large plastic zipper bags.  Then, we added 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to each bag, followed by several generous drops of neon food coloring.  Next, we shook the bag to coat each grain and poured each color out on aluminum foil to air dry.  Just a note, I would recommend wax paper or parchment paper for this project.  The wet rice tends to dry and adhere to the aluminum foil (which is all I had on hand).  The aluminum foil will just require some added scraping to loosen the grains once they have dried.  The rice will dry in about an hour and the color is amazing!

blue rice

purple rice

Abby has been using her new rice to hunt for sight words and is loving it!  The rice will also be making an appearance in her new Independent Discovery Boxes, which I've been excitedly working on!

blue rice 2


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    1. I was very excited with how beautiful the colors turned out. It has been a fun learning tool for sure!

  2. oh i've never seen such pretty rice! thanks for linking up to Kids in the Kitchen :)

    1. Thank you, Lisa! The neon food coloring provides the perfect vibrant color.