Oh, and a helper. Addie really and truly helped me make this. It was a bit chaotic at times. I mean, a huge bag of rice, food coloring, and alcohol. A lot could go wrong, people! In fact, it was during this activity that she learned the word, “okay.” Okay? Okay! Okayyyy!!!! So maybe make this during nap time, I don’t know.
First, divide your rice into bags. You can do as many colors as you want. I stuck with four.
Put several (8-10) drops of food coloring in each bag, along with a tablespoon or so of alcohol.
Like I said, don’t be too rough. Or this will happen:
Complete this process until all of your rice is colored!
Next, put all of your rice in a nice bin. I’d make sure it has a lid so that you can store it properly.
Lastly, let it dry in the sun. You need to let it dry for a few hours. It will smell very strong (from the alcohol) so make sure you dry it somewhere with good ventilation.
Oh, and of course you can mix the colors around. I’d do this a few times as it’s drying to make sure all of it sees some sunlight.
Seriously, an awesome activity. Her favorite sensory activity yet! See other sensory ideas HERE.