Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rainbow Rice!!

St. Patrick's Day is coming up and with that comes Rainbows!!  Next week is Letter R week, how perfect to celebrate Rainbows on a St. Patrick's Day week!

So we made a Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin!!  And both Butterfly and I love it!!  I know her friends will love it too!!

Here's our Rainbow Rice drying...

I love the vibrant colours it made!!

We made the Rainbow Rice in the same way we made our Noodle Necklaces

...using a bit of rubbing alcohol and food colouring in separate sealed sandwich bags.
The rubbing alcohol dries fast and won't break down the fibers of the food like water would in cooking- you need some kind of liquid to help spread the drops of food colouring through the amounts of rice.

I layered it in a Sensory Bin!

Doesn't it look beeeeautiful!

Nothing beats seeing all the colours of the rainbow together, especially in sunlight!!  It can brighten anyone's day!

Then Butterfly played and the rice MIXED!

It looks just as beautiful when it's all mixed up together! :)

I love this Sensory Bin!  It's such a happy one!  and raw rice is perfect for pouring and scooping!

Add some scoops and containers....

and let your littles go nuts!



  1. Beautiful! I've made this with Channing too last summer adn he LOVES to get to out to play with it. So easy to make and so fun to play with :-)

  2. I really keep meaning to make some of that LOL! Just never get around to it...nice and pretty though, I'd have a hard time letting my kids play in it afterward LOL!

  3. How pretty!

    Looks like a lot of work...

  4. That is so fun! And it looks like tons of rice-what a project,and with such possibilities.

  5. What a fun filled post. I can hear all the giggles! Its a Keeper.

  6. The rice turned out Beautiful - what a fun rainbow activity to explore!

  7. OMG! I LOVE this! What fun! I may have to make one too!

  8. Liquid Watercolors works great as well! I put a scoop of rice in a ziplock bag and let each child in my classroom pick a color. Shake-shake-shake and the color spreads very nicely throughout the rice. It dries pretty much instantly as long as you don't drown the rice!

  9. I can just close my eyes and see Butterfly pouring the rice into the sensory bin from the scoop and hear to sound it makes. Ahhh, to be a kid again.

  10. Ok... seriously! I JUST went to Wal-mart!! ha ha.. I have to make this!!! So pretty!

    I'd love to have you link up to my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Stop on by!!

    :)rachel from

  11. I've never seen it look so pretty! You did a fantastic job!

  12. This is great. Love the bright colors.

  13. so pretty! i want to play in it:) i linked to your project on my blog today

  14. Whoa....way too cool! I love the bright colors and boy oh boy this looks like fun!

  15. Your rainbow rice is AWESOME! So very beautiful and creative!

    I am a new follower and I hope you'll join me at Create With Joy! :-)

    Have a fabulous weekend!


  16. Wow! Love the St. Patrick's Day Lunch! Love all the rainbows! What a lucky daughter to have a Mommy who is so willing to make such beautiful things for her! Love all the butterflies/theme here! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful feedback! We have some St.' Patrick's Day cupcakes planned----the rainbow ones are fab!

  17. I featured your darling rainbow loveliness in my roundup!

  18. What a fantastic idea. I think I would have had to play with it first myself before I let the kids in there! ha!

    Sad but true!

    Love the vivid colors and happy feeling of this little stop on my journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "V".

    Thanks for linking.


  19. wow, what colorful rice,

    thanks for the tickles.

  20. Thanks so much for sharing! I didn't use alcohol but I think it would have helped my rice dry better. I'll try that next time!

    come by and visit sometime...

  21. You could collect different glass jars (tiny & unusual shapes are best.) Then have the kids scoop the different colors of rice in a jar and choose which color goes in next. Filling the jar all the way up will pack the colors in and the rice will stay in stripes and not mix up the colors.
    Of course, the varicolored mixture is also fun...

  22. We love rainbow rice - thanks for the great post! Only we use vinegar because it's cheaper (just takes longer to dry!).

  23. fantastic, am going to take this a step further and make artworks using paper and glue then tipping the rice onto the wet glue! Awesome!

  24. We loved this too! I also used vinegar, but more because I didn't have rubbing alcohol. We used it in plastic bottles to make "vases" for my Spanish for Preschooler's class during our Mother's day craft so our paper flowers didn't tip over. Fun and fuctional!


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