Rice sensory play is great. It’s cheap, quick, and dry! By coloring the rice for your sensory bin you can up the fun! There are lots of ways to color rice, but (of course!) we take the easiest route with coloring ours!
Colored Rice Sensory Play
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- Rice – 1 cup per color
- washable liquid watercolors – 1 1/2 teaspoons per color
- Optional scents – we used orange, lavender, and peppermint essential oil
- Sealable plastic bag
- Tray or pan to dry – 1 per color
Put the rice and watercolors into the sealable bag. Do 1 color at a time. If you are adding essential oil, add it in now. For our play, I used one drop of oil in each color of rice. Then seal the bag and shake it until the rice is evenly covered with the color. Open the bag and spread the rice out on a tray to dry. I shake the rice and spread it back out every half hour or so, but I’m not sure if this step is necessary.
To get our color and scent combos, I used:
- Green Mint – 1 drop peppermint with the blue/green liquid watercolor and 1 cup of rice.
- Lavender- 1 drop lavender with the purple liquid watercolor and 1 cup of rice.
- Orange – 1 drop orange with the blue/green liquid watercolor and 1 cup of rice.
Let the rice dry (ours took about an hour). Then play! The very first thing my kids did was mix it all together. I even got down with them and let it run through my fingers – sensory play calms me down, too!