Rainbow Rice

Tags: messy play, sensory

Section: Sensory

Playing with rice is great for open ended play and with the addition of colour can enhance it as a sensory experience.

What you need:

  • rice
  • liquid food colouring
  • resealable bag

How to dye the rice:

  • Put the rice in a resealable bag
  • Put in a few drops of food colouring and shake to evenly spread throughout the rice
  • Take out of the bag and leave to dry.

How can this benefit your child’s development?

Playing with rainbow rice can support your child’s mathematical development as they learn the concepts of full and empty, whilst pouring and filling containers with the rice.

As they explore the rice, children may develop their language as they talk through the play experience .The texture and variety of colours allows young children to discover through sensory exploration. Coloured rice is also a good way for older children to start to recognise and name colours.

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