Whether you’re looking for a fun playgroup or party activity for a group of youngsters or want to try something like this with your own special tyke, dyed rice is easy to make, fun to play with, and versatile for a number of activities and stages. I’ve used it for sensory bins, I-Spy jars, art projects, and more!
What I Used:
- Containers with lids (I found the pictured sugar containers at Rite Aid)
- Uncooked rice
- Gel food dyes
- Hand sanitizer
Depending on how much rice you’d like to use, these measurements may be off for you, but a good rule of thumb is to start small and add more dye and sanitizer as necessary.
(1) Squirt some hand sanitizer into empty container (I used 10 squirts for roughly 4 cups of rice). Add roughly 1/8 tsp of gel dye with a toothpick (add toothpick to container as well). Make sure your dye lands on the hand sanitizer so it can be more evenly dispersed.
(2) Pour in desired quantities of rice and shake container until rice is evenly coated. If necessary, add more dye/gel until desired color is obtained.
(3) Spread over a flat, contained surface to dry (I found that cookie sheets work perfectly). After 12 hours or so, you may still need to separate some clumps of rice to allow further drying.
(4) Remove toothpick and use for whatever project you have in mind!