Colored Rice is perfect for sensory play and is an affordable, fun, easy to make tool in activities for strengthening fine motor skills in tiny hands, and other developmental activities.
With proper planning, colored rice play can hold the attention of even the youngest kids, and can last for as long as you’d like it to. As with any activities with kids, this can get messy, but again, with proper planning, you can make cleanup a breeze.
Colored Rice is almost as fun for parents as it is for the little ones. Not only is it fun for us to play with, but to watch your munchkin explore their senses and learn right before your eyes, is absolutely amazing.
Be sure to click the title of this post “Colored Rice – Sensory Play” above, or “Read More” below to see how to make colored rice, some of our activities, and some helpful hints for sensory play.
- White Rice
- Food Coloring
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Ziploc bags for each color
- Combine in ziploc: Rice, 1 tsp Rubbing alcohol and food coloring (I used about 10 drops).
- GENTLY massage the bag to mix thoroughly - if your bag rips or pops, you will have a big mess.
- Once your rice is evenly covered and the color you like, let bag sit for 10 -15 minutes then pour rice into storage bin.
- Wait for rice to dry completely before you handle it. Spreading the rice flat in a layer will speed up the process.
Toddlers make messes. They like to dump/pour things out and I understand and appreciate that, but as my southern husband says "my son has got it honest!" He dumps EVERYTHING out, I used to get stressed out, and it would borderline ruin our activities together, but now that I've decided to use it for this kind of activity I don't have to worry about it. Not only does it make cleanup a breeze, but we don't lose all of our rice to the vacuum monster.
We have a mini muffin tin that we use for a lot of our activities, we use a standard size muffin tin too, but we really like our mini muffin tin. Here, we scooped the rice out of a bucket with a measuring cup and poured it into the mini muffin tin. We had a few spills, but did great overall. This helps them develop the muscles in their little hands, wrists and arms, as well as eye hand coordination. My son is 23 months and really enjoyed this activity.