Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

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If you follow me on my social channels like Instagram & Facebook you’ve been hearing me talk about sensory boxes a lot and I’ll be going to more of it later about the boxes themselves but one of the fun things about them is we can change the base out and give them a whole new look so easily and for cheap.

I wanted his sensory tub to more colorful and decided it was time to try to make some rainbow rice.

How To Make Your own Rainbow Rice

To get started you’ll need a lot of white rice. I found some 5 pound bags for sale for $5 at my local grocery store. I’m sure I could have even found it cheaper had I looked around. I bought two 5 pounds bags for this.

Ingredients Needed:

  • white vinegar (3 tablespoons per color)
  • white rice (5 cups per bag)
  • food coloring
  • gallon zip bags

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

To break it down before you get started you will want to use as many gallon bags as you want colors. I used 6 bags because I made 6 colors. Then place 5 cups of white rice into each bag.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Going one color at a time take a bag of white rice and add in the white vinegar and then pick your color and add in 40-45 drops. Roll bag to get all the air out and zip bag closed. Then knead rice and mix all the pieces to make sure they get color to them. Make sure to poke in the corners and move the bag all around. Don’t miss any areas.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

When it’s completely mixed together open the bags bag up and prop them open like in the picture below. Let them air out to dry. After an hour close them back up and give them a good shake. They stick together slightly in the drying process but shake out easily. I actually left our bags open like this out on our front porch and left them there over night to air out and get rid of the vinegar smell.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

If you are making a rainbow tub like me I found the bags useful in lining the amounts up. All the bags lined up perfectly across.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Then I took each color out one by one and used the space the bag was in as a guide to place my line. I only used about half of each color for this tub so I still have lots left over for other projects too. Plus, they are easy to store since I just keep them in the bags I made them in. It won’t go bad.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Once you have them lined up it will look bright and colorful like this:

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Then to make it a fun sensory tub just add things that will be fun. I added in some colorful measuring cups. I don’t think they make the ones I have here anymore but I like colorful measuring cups because they add to the theme. These big buttons have been fun for Sawyer to dig out of all our tubs do far so I made sure to add some of those in too.

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Of course once your child gets their hands on the tub it won’t stay in those pretty lines for long!

Make Your Own Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play {Fun Crafts With Mom} Sensory Tub with SawyerI’ll be bringing you a lot more about our sensory boxes! They have been loads of fun and they provide so many hours of play! My eight year old actually finds this as fun as my two year old does! Sensory boxes are fun for toddlers but they also provide children with autism a fun way to explore their environment with texture and play.

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Jennifer, the mom behind the Mom Spotted blog, is located in Western Massachusetts. She has three boys, Johnny (15), Gavin (9), & Sawyer (3). She is married to her high school sweetheart. On Mom Spotted you'll find a fun selection of recipes, family fun, product reviews, and more! You can also find her on twitter @MomSpotted and Facebook.



Comments

  1. Emilie says:

    What a great idea! My two year loves the rice table at his weekly class, but he has never had colored rice before. I’m sure he would love this!

  2. Such a great idea! I need to make one up for Shelby!

  3. N Bear says:

    I always end up with rice all over the house! I have started making sensory bins an outdoor activity!

  4. Nicole Dz says:

    This is a great and fun activity to do with the kids on a rainy or snow day, love this so creative and great learning experience.

  5. What an adorable and fun idea!

  6. vickie couturier says:

    I love the colors ,,my grandson has autiusm,,this may be something that he could do

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