Tutorial: Rainbow Rice

Sunday, 22 April 2012

So a few people have asked how to make rainbow rice, it's easy peasy, trust me it would have to be for me to do it as I'm shall we say craft-challenged with a raging Patience deficiency.

So, what do you need?

  • Baking sheet with either grease proof paper, newspaper or foil.
  • White rice
  • Sealable bag
  • Hand sanitiser (it smells nicer then rubbing alcohol and you need it to 'set' the dye')
  • Food colouring (I used natural green colouring however, more vibrant results are achieved with the none natural kind, moreso with the the gels as they give super vibrant results)

 Put the rice in your sealable bag and add the food colouring and a decent squirt of hand sanitiser.

Get your resident princess to give it a really decent shake and
 squish to coat all the rice

Empty it all out onto your baking tray and spread out.  Leave it to dry, it works great if it's a sunny day you can just put it outside then or you could use your airing cupboard.  If you're super impatient like me you can put it in your oven for about 10-20 mins on around 160-175 degrees.  However keep checking it before it burns!

When it's cool, add to your tub/tray/tin with other colours you've made and let the fun commence.  This would work really well in a large shallow tub, as a sandpit type of play. Draw in it with your fingers, use measuring cups and jugs to pour, drive cars and dinosaurs through it.  You could even make pictures with it and glue it to paper.

The Toddler loves it so much that when he saw me put the tin away today, he cried.  Lots.

You can also dye pasta for a different feel/sound when playing with :


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