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Coloured rice play

Coloured Rice Play


This has been an activity we keep going back to for a few years now. It is so easy, cheap and simple to get ready and the children will play with the coloured rice for a good while. It’s also really easy to tidy up once they have finished with it. Any rice on the floor gets hoovered up (although this is easier when its on a hard floor rather than carpet or rugs!).

Coloured rice play

Charley (nearly 4) plays with it more than Bodhi (20 months) at the moment but the older he gets the more he understands  that he can play with it rather than just putting bits in his mouth or his other favourite is to swipe it onto the floor!

All you need to make coloured rice is:

  • white rice
  • food colouring
  • baking tray
  • box or big plastic container

I buy the cheapest rice I can find in the supermarket (Sainsburys sell some for about 45p a bag) and spread it out thinly on a baking tray or similar. Just add a few drops of the food colouring to the rice and mix around with a spoon until all the rice is evenly covered. Then leave overnight for the rice to dry. Give it a good mix so there are not any pieces stuck together and pour into the container of your choice. I also add in some extra white rice as well to bulk it up.

Coloured rice - white rice

Coloured rice - yellow, green and pink

The latest coloured rice I made was using three colours pink, yellow and green. Although the green and yellow both looked pretty similar. We already had some blue rice in a container so I added the new colours to the blue to make a fuller, more colourful box.

Coloured rice container

In the past I have just made one coloured rice and added other items into the box of the same colour such as beads, feather, buttons etc. The options are endless.

Blue coloured rice play

Charley really enjoys pouring the rice into different containers and pretending to cook with it so I make sure there are plenty of bowls and spoons to keep her occupied. Charley in particular really enjoys playing with the rice, pouring, spilling, spooning, using her imagination as to what she is cooking. It’s great that once they have finished playing with it the lid goes back on until they want to play with it again. It also looks pretty I think!

Coloured rice playing

Do you have any simple crafty play ideas that the children always go back to? I’d love to know in the comments below!



Author: Sleepingthroughyet

I'm mum to Charley and Bodhi. I blog about days out, craft hits and misses and parenting stuff . I also talk about my daughters diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (kids get arthritis too, yep they do) and her progress.

18 thoughts on “Coloured Rice Play

  1. Excellent idea and it does look colourful. I’d like to try it but as nearly all carpet I’m a bit chicken! Good fun though

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  2. Our girls would love this! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with rice as I feel like I’m forever cleaning up – and thats just after dinner time! Maybe this one would be good for the garden for some of us faint hearted Mums 😉 #twinklytuesday

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  3. Ooo this looks like a fun (slightly messy!) sensory play activity – we’ll give it a go, thank you 🙂 My daughter loves playing with cooked spaghetti – cheap and cheerful! #TwinklyTuesday

    Helen x

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  4. I have never seen rice dyed this way before! I always put it into a ziploc bag. Looks like lots of fun.

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  5. Looks like a fun colourful idea. My children love pretending to cook and this would be a good way of playing. The children look like they are having fun.
    Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsBeKids

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  6. A lovely fun idea for hours of creative play #TwinklyTuesday

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  7. This looks great fun, we did a rice and pom pom sensory tray last year which was loved! Do you us liquid or gel colouring?

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  8. Excellent idea and cheap and easy to make too and fairly easy to clean up so that makes it a win for me!!! #fabfriday

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  9. This looks like so much fun! The kids looks absolutely adorable playing it together. My kids would totally love to play with these. I’m so pinning this! 🙂 Thank you for linking up with Julie. x #FabFridayPost

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