Colored Rice

colored rice

The rice that I used for the project was originally intended for I Spy jars for my kids. I made the jars, but they were not happy (to put it lightly) to discover that I intended to keep the small animals I had put in the jars in there permanently. So we removed the small plastic animals, built a habitat for them instead, and decided to create a different use for the rice:

We divided the rice into four plastic jars:

filling jars with rice

Added a few drops of food coloring and a little Purell to each jar, and then shook it up:

adding food coloring to the rice

And admired the resulting colors:

 admiring the colored rice

Then we left them to dry overnight:

dyed rice

And used them for an “art project” the next day – which consisted of Johnny making a Big Mess while Emma carefully glued one grain of rice at a time onto her piece of paper. If I were to do this particular project again, I would have the kids use glue bottles instead of glue sticks – the grains of rice stuck to the glue sticks too easily.

rice collage

We have a LOT of rice left, so if you have other activities we can use this for, I’d love to hear! I plan to let Emma make a colored rice layer jar, and then to do something with the rice in that once it (inevitably) has been shaken together.

Comments

  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Your colored rice turned out great! We’ll be trying this today for a play date we’re hosting… how fun!

  2. g chris says

    help them to draw a nature scene such as mountains,river,trees etc. and use the colors of rice to paste on each scene. A little water and a little flour makes a great cheap paste. Then let g and g chris see the art work when it is complete. love ya- g and g chris.

  3. g chris says

    help them to draw a nature scene such as mountains,river,trees etc. and use the colors of rice to paste on each scene. A little water and a little flour makes a great cheap paste. Then let g and g chris see the art work when it is complete. love ya- g and g chris.now if I can get this box to send the message.

  4. Linda says

    I don’t have any ideas for the rice, but when I was a little girl, a lonnnnnng time ago, in the ’50s (1950s, not 1850s 8-), my mom and a neighbor used to color salad macaroni and then we would string them together to make necklaces and bracelets. We didn’t have Purell back then, but I think they used a mix of food coloring, vinegar and water, like we did for colored eggs before the “invention” of egg dye kits. I’m 63 now, and I still remember those sessions fondly!

    Linda

    • maryanne says

      Alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Regular rubbing alcohol works as well, as does white vinegar (although, white vinegar takes a bit longer to dry).

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