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:
Added a few drops of food coloring and a little Purell to each jar, and then shook it up:
And admired the resulting colors:
Then we left them to dry overnight:
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.
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.