A Sensory Activity Recipe for Kids
There are many benefits of sensory play for children but encouraging motor skills is one of the best. There’s nothing quite as joyful for a child than digging through a bin of colored rice.
This is my favorite recipe for super easy, super bright dyed rice!
Step 1: Gather your materials
- 10 lb bag of rice
- isopropyl alcohol
- gallon ziploc bags
- gel food coloring (if you want SUPER vibrant rice, you might want two boxes)
Step 2: Prepare
Divide the rice into gallon bags (one for each color you want to make).
Step 3: Color
- Squirt desired amount of food coloring into each bag.
- Add about 1tbs of isopropyl alcohol to each bag.
- Zip the bag and start spreading the color around.
- Add more food coloring if desired.
Step 4: Dry
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Carefully dump bags of colored rice onto the cookie sheet.
- Set outside and let dry. (I left mine overnight).
*(Please don’t) taste the rainbow!
Step 5: Enjoy
Once the rice is dry, dump it into a big plastic container. And voila! The easiest, most beautiful sensory rice!
P.S. Do yourself a favor and buy a small broom and dustpan. You will need it.
Made For Me Literacy monthly lesson plans have sensory projects and visual recipes for each of the included 4 weeks of curriculum.
Check out these Level A MFML lesson plans on tpT:
Feelings & Emotions
Teach children how important food and nutrition is to their health.
Food & Groceries
Children who learn and understand their feelings and emotions do better in life.
Billy goats, treasure chests and trolls are a few of this whimsical curriculum.
Very cute! Do you put anything in it like letters or objects for them to find? I teach kinder.
Michaela Davis says
I will definitely be going that this year! This will be my first year working with the younger kiddos (K-2) and I know they will LOVE that!
Thank you for your ideas! I’m looking forward to following you!
Michaela Davis says
Thank you for reading, Sue! Hopefully more DIY sensory projects will be happening soon! 😀
I live this idea. I teach first grade. What all do you do with the sensory rice?