There is something about rice that is relaxing for children. If you’re all out of sand and need to calm a little monster down, rice is your next best option!
Playing with colored rice is one of the easiest sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Children learn best and retain more information when all their senses are engaged, and sensory play engages all the senses!
While playing with rice, your child will develop pre-math skills by comparing size or volume (which cup can hold more rice). They’ll build science skills (the rice goes down the funnel when you pour it), and they’ll learn all about cause and effect (what happens when you pour rice vs when you pour water?).
Sensory play provides open-ended learning opportunities, allowing children to exercise their creativity and imagination. These activities also help strengthen fine motor skills and develop pre-writing skills as children pour, mix, scoop, grasp, and measure.
Grab the kids, it’s time to dye some rice! This simple, non-toxic, colored rice recipe will keep your children engaged and exploring. Plus, the play possibilities are infinite!
To get started you’ll need:
-1 tablespoon of vinegar
-1 cup of rice
-Add 1 cup of rice inside the Zip bag
-Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of rice
-Add food coloring until you get the shade you desire
-Zip the bag tight and have your little helper(s) shake the bag until the rice, color, and vinegar are evenly mixed
-Place wax paper over your tray
-Once the rice is evenly covered, transfer it into the tray and spread it out with the spoon
It shouldn’t take more than two hours for the rice to dry but it depends on the rice you use, and the amount of vinegar you add.
Want your rice to dry right away? Place the tray in the oven on the lowest setting and check up on it after a few minutes, you can also set it on a table outside to dry with sunlight.
When the rice is dry, add it to a bin or tub and offer toys and kitchen items, such as plastic funnels, sand toys, cooking toys, dump trucks, and measuring cups.
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