How to Color Rice the EASY Way

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Kids will love using this colorful diy colored rice in sensory bins and play. You only need 3 ingredients to make this colorful, fun rice.

how to color rice the EASY way - such a simple, cheap, and fun activity for kids activities and sensory bins for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and first grade kids

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How to Color Rice

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I’m sure you’ve seen other blogs with colored rice. I have to admit I was always a little intimidated by this project. Not sure why, it was actually one of the easiest projects I’ve done! In case you haven’t don it yet – here is a tutorial on how to make colored rice. It is SUPER easy!

mix rubbing alcohol and food dye in large ziplock bag

Put 2 teas rubbing alcohol (find it in the band-aid isle) and food coloring in a large ziplock bag.


Add 2 cups cheap white rice.

move rice around to thoroughly coat with dye

Shake and ‘knead’ to blend thoroughly.

leave rice on a paper towel to dry before adding it to your sensory bin

Pour rice on paper towel lined cookie sheet.  (This helps it dry quicker) It might be slightly smelly of the rubbing alcohol so you may want to do this on a day you can open windows or better yet can put the tray outside to dry quicker in the sun! It takes a couple hours.

dying rice

That’s it, simple right?!?  You can use  the colored rice in sensory boxes or a myriad of other projects. Coming up next is how I used our colored rice!! So tell me, what do you use your colored rice for?

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.

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