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How to Color Rice the EASY Way

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

Here is an EASY way on color rice how to make. This color rice DIY is perfect for any sensory box, tracing alphabet letters, and more for sensory box ideas with toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age kids #sensoryboxes #coloredrice #preschool

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How to Color Rice

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!
how to color rice

All you need to make this fun sensory material with so many uses for sensory bins, tracing letters, and educational activities is:

  • rice (any kind will do – buy the cheap stuff)
  • rubbing alcohol (2 teaspoons per color)
  • food coloring (standard McCormick food coloring will do)
  • large ziplock bags for mixing
easy way for dying rice for a variety of crafts and projects

Dying Rice

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

add plain rice to large ziplock bag


Add 2 cups cheap white rice.

simple way to make coloured rice with just 3 ingredients and 10 minutes

Coloured Rice

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.

fun to make rainbow rice for sensory boxes

Rainbow 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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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