A long lasting project with hours of fun.


  • 1 large bag of Rice
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Ziploc bags


  1. Separate the rice into multiple Ziploc bags (1 bag for each colour).
  2. Add food colouring to the Ziploc bag along with a small amount of water. The more food colouring you use, the brighter the colour the rice will be. Close the seal on the bag.
  3. Mix the water and food colouring with the rice in the bag, moving it around until you have even colouring. Add additional food colouring and water as necessary being careful not to make the rice to wet.
  4. Tip the rice out of the bag onto a baking tray and lay in a warm room or in the sun to dry.
  5. Once dry, add to a large container and mix! For additional fun add kitchen scoops, tongs, plastic dinosaurs, insects, magnetic items and a magnetic wand!
    Keep rice stored in an airtight container and it will last for years.

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    • 10 Jan 2019
      9:38 pm

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  • I always thought you’d need fancier ingredients, this is so doable! Thank you for sharing, I’m keen to give my son some sensory fun


  • So cool for hours of fun play


  • My kids loved pouring it into bottles


  • The rice looks fabulous coloured!


  • I love of all of these sensory play activities with coloured rice and pasta – terrific for development of fine motor skills.


  • I’ve just read another similar project with pasta. With rice is beautiful too!

    • These projects keep popping up and are most welcome!


  • This looks amazing & so much fun.


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