Rice is a favorite material for sensory play at our house. Not only is it easy to set up and clean up, but a batch of colored rice also lasts for years. The bright colors are so inviting, and making your own colored rice in any colors you choose is such an easy process that even a toddler can help.
Here's how to easily color rice for a beautiful rice sensory bin.
What you'll need for this activity: a large zip-top bag or a large Tupperware container, white rice, liquid watercolors or food coloring and water, wax paper or plastic wrap, a large bin, various items for scooping and pouring, a splat mat
Tips: Rice is a fantastic material for practicing scooping and pouring and the hand-eye coordination that comes with that skill. I always like to include several different-sized cups and spoons when I set out a rice sensory bin for my kids. To control the mess, we like to use a splat mat under our sensory bin. You can store your colored rice for years in a sealed container; just be absolutely sure that it is dry before you store it, as moist rice will mold.
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