Rainbow Rice

Rainbow Rice

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.


rainbow rice




  1. 17th February 2015 / 08:58

    Sorry it taken me so long to comment been a crazy week! This looks great! I keep saying I’m going to do coloured rice but a bit worried it wont work! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  2. 23rd February 2015 / 14:30

    It looks so pretty! I love those IKEA bags too – they are so thick. Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays.

  3. 26th February 2015 / 22:34

    This looks wonderful – I tried to make coloured rice once and the recipe I used required rice & food colouring, then baking it at a low temp. I subsequently burned most of the rice! Some was blue, most was dark brown. This recipe looks fool proof and idiot mummy proof! Will be trying this while Luke is at his dad’s over the weekend. Hopefully he’ll have a lovely surprise to come home to. 🙂 Did you just leave the rice to air dry?

    • 27th February 2015 / 12:44

      Hi, yes I just put on some greaseproof paper and left on baking trays. It dried really quickly x good luck xx

  4. 28th April 2015 / 08:38

    This looks like fun. Might need to give this a try. 🙂

  5. 28th April 2015 / 11:32

    We’re big fans of using rice to play but I’ve never had much success colouring it. My kids always end up covered in food colouring :-S

  6. 28th April 2015 / 15:13

    Great idea! So easy to do! Thanks for sharing #letkidsbekids

  7. 28th April 2015 / 21:27

    This is a lovely activity. We always have a tub of rice to play with. They all love the texture and it’s easy to hoover up which is a great bonus! #letkidsbekids

  8. 29th April 2015 / 10:13

    Such a pretty sensory activity and very simple, but lots of exploratory fun for the children.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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