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Sensory Play – Making The Best Coloured Rice

by MumsiblesG

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Coloured rice is such fun! You can get your little one involved right from the start – making it to playing and discovering the textures of coloured rice!!

Playing with coloured rice is an interesting form of play learning for kids. It helps them improve their vocubulary, learn and explore items and use their senses to explore the world around them. It’s simple and easy fun that can lead to hours of entertainment for kids!

One of the things that I tell close friends of mine who have young children is that play is very important for kids. Playtime can come in all forms and children must not be restricted to playing with traditional toys only. Sensory play is much fun, often cheap and is mostly with things that are lying around your home.

As a part of our Exploring Sensory Play series, in this post we are going to tell you how to make the Best Coloured Rice possible! It’s going to be easy, great and this Coloured Rice Recipe is going to be loads and loads of fun for your little one.

So here goes, How To Make The Best Coloured Rice ever!!

What you will need for making the best coloured rice ever ;)

  • Rice – about a kilo – you can of course make more :)
  • Vinegar
  • Food Colouring
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Cookie Sheets

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Method:

  1. We measured 1 cup of rice into each ziplock bag. I got Junior involved in this, he did the measuring and pouring into the bags. If your little one is still not that advanced in his motor skills, please check out our Montessori Practical Life Activiting – Pouring Rice.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of vinegar and pour into the ziplock bags.
  3. Add food colouring. Roughly 4 or 5 drops should do, but if you’d like a more intense colour, add more. It’s always better to start with less, I think and you can add more to get the colour you desire.
  4. Zip the bags steadly and hand over to your little one to shake it! And boy do they like to shake it!!! Tell them to take small breaks and notice the colour of the rice changing.

Method:

  1. We measured 1 cup of rice into each ziplock bag. I got Junior involved in this, he did the measuring and pouring into the bags. If your little one is still not that advanced in his motor skills, please check out our Montessori Practical Life Activiting – Pouring Rice.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon of vinegar and pour into the ziplock bags.
  3. Add food colouring. Roughly 4 or 5 drops should do, but if you’d like a more intense colour, add more. It’s always better to start with less, I think and you can add more to get the colour you desire.
  4. Zip the bags steadly and hand over to your little one to shake it! And boy do they like to shake it!!! Tell them to take small breaks and notice the colour of the rice changing.rice2
  5. Remove from ziplock bags and place it on baking trays (I’ve got a traditional Sawan plate that helps me during my craft time!) and leave in the sun to dry.rice3
  6. After a few hours take it in.rice5

So basic play is that you ask your child to mix the coloured rice, feel the textures. Get involved and ask your little one to explain what he feels (this increases and improves vocubulary).rice6

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We’ll also be adding more activities to what you can do with coloured rice in the upcoming posts so keep watching :)

If you’d also like to read up on why sensory play is important for kids – click here.

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