What do you do when you open a new bag of rice from the supermarket, only to find it has bugs in it?
A. Throw it out
B. Take it back to the supermarket and demand a refund.
C. Colour it and play with it!
The easiest way to colour uncooked rice is to put it into a large ziploc bag with a few drops of food colouring. Seal the bag up, and toss the rice around inside the bag until the colour has been evenly distributed. Pour the coloured rice out onto a tray and leave until completely dry.
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Since we had so much rice, we coloured four separate lots.
Once the rice had dried, I poured the colours into separate containers ready for play.
I also spread out a large tablecloth on the floor to assist with cleanup!
I gave the kids a tray each, with an assortment of kitchen items including:
They enjoyed carefully layering different colours…
…mixing the colours together…
…and pouring til their containers overflowed!
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This kind of play made a fabulous mess, of course! The tablecloth on the floor worked wonderfully. I was able to scoop it all up, and pour the rice back into containers. The fun of layering different colours could only be enjoyed once, but I didn’t stop the kids from mixing the colours up. In fact, I didn’t interfere with this play at all. Both my three year old and five year old played independently for an extended period of time quite happily: pouring, mixing, measuring, layering, and talking to each other as they went.
So all in all, the rice wasn’t wasted. We didn’t eat it, but we had a whole lot of fun playing with it!