DIY: Dyed Rainbow Rice

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Dyed rice makes a fantastic sensory resource for using with children in their early years. It is extremely tactile and captures little one’s imaginations. Not only is it lovely to look at and great to feel but it also can be used in many different and educational ways. Here’s how to make your own (If you prefer video instructions then skip to the bottom of the post)…

You will need:

  • A 1kg bag of rice
  • Food colouring (I use Wilton Food Gels)
  • Food bags
  • Something to dry the rice on (I used baking trays covered in foil)
  1. Split your bag of rice into however many colours you want to dye it; I split mine 5 ways. Place each pile of rice into a food bag each. You don’t have to be too precise with this, just guestimate.
  2. In a bowl or jug mix 2 tbsp of water with a few drops of food colouring and add to one of the bags of rice. Then shake shake shake! until all the rice is covered well in the colouring. If the colour is not as pigmented as you like, add another few drops of colouring until you have the colour you desire. Repeat for all of your other colour choices.
  3. Pour each bag of rice and colouring onto a tray and place somewhere warm to dry, if possible outside. The rice can take a couple of days to dry so keep checking them, mixing the rice every so often so it all gets some air to it.
  4. Once dry, your rice is done! You can store it in ziplock bags or a container. It keeps easily for a couple of years.


I also filmed a YouTube tutorial showing these steps so take a look and don’t forget to subscribe for more educational videos (plus snippets of family life!)……

I have a post coming up soon with ideas for how to use the rice in play so keep watching!


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