This week we made and played with our own "Rainbow Rice!"  I first saw the idea on my new favorite - Pinterest, through Share & Remember.  I started out with a 25 lb. bag of rice, and some food coloring.  I had found two different methods of dying the rice - one using vinegar and the other rubbing alcohol.  I opted for the vinegar since I thought it sounded a little bit more kid-friendly (though after a few days of playing with it, it does still smell like vinegar).  If you would like to make some rainbow rice at home, just mix 1 cup of rice (we did about 4 cups of each color, and that used about 1/2 of the 25lb. bag) to 1-2 Tbsp of vinegar mixed with a few drops of food coloring.  The more food coloring you use, the brighter the colors will be.  The kids had lots of fun squeezing and mixing the different colors into the rice in bags.  Once it dried, it was just so pretty to look at, and even more fun to play in! :)  We added some scoops, at the kids' request, and scooped, and poured, and even made shakers for quite a while!  Next week, we are going to find some treasures to include in a bottle of this rice to make our own "I Spy" bottles!

Update:  Here is what our "I Spy" bottles looked like.  The kids are having lots of fun with them!



10/21/2011 22:16

What a great idea! Love the pics to help describe the activity! Looking forward to I Spy bottles!


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