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