How to Make Rainbow Rice


How to make Rainbow Rice for baby and toddler play activities -

For your Rainbow Rice you will need - Rice, Vinegar, Food Colouring & Zip Lock Bags

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In a zip lock bag add 1 cup of rice (roughly 130g), 1 teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of food colouring. Give the bag a good mix up so all the rice is coated and give it a few mins to soak.



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Then lay the rice on baking paper that’s on a baking sheet. If you like you can put into a warm oven (not on) to help it dry quicker, otherwise leave a few hours until dry and you will have pretty rainbow rice to play with!




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I started off by putting it neatly in a cake tin so it looked pretty even though I knew it would get mixed up straight away!




Rainbow rice is fantastic for so many play activities for babies and toddlers. Here’s just a few things you can do with it…

Rainbow Rice Play Ideas:

  • Shaker - Add rice to a bottle to make a shaker, perfect for a baby to make their own music.
  • Sensory bag - Pop rainbow rice into a zip lock bag so baby can have a safe way to explore it.
  • Sensory bin - Add rice to a bowl or plastic box, provide scoops and containers (you’ll have plenty in your recycling box) and let them have fun scooping and pouring.
  • Hide and Seek – Add rice to a bowl or plastic box and hide some of your child’s toys such as foam letters, cars, or toy figures and watch them have fun finding them.
  • Small world play – Add animals, dinosaurs, cars or people figures to your rice to introduce them to small world play and watch how they use their imagination.

Even better, 1 batch can last months, it’s cheap, quick and easy! All you need is a bag of rice, food colouring, zip lock bags and white vinegar.

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Rainbow rice can provide hours of fun. My little one William loves to simply pour it in and out of different containers making different noises. Yes, they will probably throw a handful here and there so do make sure you have a dustpan and brush nearby ;)



Happy playing, Caroline x

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