Make your own colored rice - a wonderful DIY sensory tool for toddlers.
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Make: DIY Colored Rice for Sensory Play

One of my earlier memories from when I was a kid, was that my preschool class had 2 sensory bins of dried noodles and dried beans that I loved.

There were tools in the bin to gather, scoop, and separate. Obviously this cheap and easy toy made an impression on me, as I’m now an adult and I can still vividly remember how much I loved playing with them.

Make your own colored rice - a wonderful DIY sensory tool for toddlers.

This past week, my 3-year-old and I got to work on an equally cool project. Instead of
dying eggs for the holiday weekend, we dyed (and dyed) rice! You guys, it was so quick,
so easy, and so very fun.

To make your own DIY colored rice you’ll need:

  • White rice
  • Food coloring
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Big metal mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Flattened brown grocery bags

Sensory Play DIY Colored Rice Instructions:

  1. Measure your rice into a bowl

    Put 3-4 cups of rice in the metal bowl

  2. Add food coloring

    Add desired amount of food coloring (I probably add too much, because I like it bright, bright, bright!)

  3. Add rubbing alcohol

    Add a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol (which helps dry out the rice)

  4. Mix

    Mix, mix and mix some more with the spatula.

  5. Let dry thoroughly before play

    Lay dyed rice out on the brown bags (or paper towel) to dry.

Be super careful, as the dye can obviously stain. Let the rice sit out to dry for about an hour, and it should be ready for fun sensory play after that!

Put all your colored rice in a big plastic container or bin. Add spoons, cups, funnels,
anything you can think of that might be a fun “scoop”.

We’ve deemed color rice an outdoor toy, but I’ll let you decide where to play with it! Have a blast! We know we have.

Ways to use colored rice for sensory play

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8 thoughts on “Make: DIY Colored Rice for Sensory Play

  1. Texasholly says:

    Loved this. And love the colors!

  2. Very cool! If only our 18 mo old wasn’t fond of eating all things…

  3. Jen says:

    oh man this looks like something Chase would DEFINITELY enjoy! Now to just figure out how to keep him from eating it. :0)

  4. Kristy says:

    We do this at my preschool too, and I look forward to when my 6 month old daughter is ready for it. Something else we use at preschool is the colored rices and lentils, etc. from the bulk bins at the grocery store. We are especially fond of this at Thanksgiving/Fall time as the colors go right in with those times.

  5. I love this idea! I’ve never seen this before, can’t wait to gift this!

  6. Charity G. says:

    What a super fun idea, and it’s so pretty. I can’t wait to do this with my boys.

  7. Amanda says:

    Great idea! I can’t wait until Daniel gets over his “taste everything” phase. Such a fun and cheap way to play!

  8. Krystal says:

    Oh my! I love it doing this tonight!!! My toddler will love it!!

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