I haven’t made a sensory type activity up for Daniel for far too long, so the week before last I made up some rainbow rice. I’ve seen this plenty of times on other blogs, but never actually made it myself before.
I picked up some cheap bags of long grain rice from the supermarket, I think it was about 40p for 1kg. I put a mug of rice into a tupperware box, added a few drops of food colouring and a teaspoon of vinegar. Pop the lid on and give it all a shake and the rice changes colour. Very simple. I then tipped the rice on to a baking tray to dry then started the next colour. It dries pretty quickly, so this could be prepared in the morning for an afternoon activity.
I did the same for another batch of rice but added children’s paint instead of the food colouring. It worked, but not as well as the food colouring.
The next day I popped the rice into a large storage box and gave the children some spoons, cars, tupperware boxes etc to play. Daniel really enjoyed pouring the rice into the different boxes and I was amazed that it occupied him for so long (a good 45 mins or so). Emma was interested for a short time too, but then ended up heading off for a nap!
When he had finished playing with the rice I popped it into some Ikea food storage bags to be used again. I use these bags a lot for storing bits and pieces in – a must have I think!
Daniel really enjoyed this and I am hoping to get a tuff spot soon to use with them both for sensory activities like this.