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Dry rice makes a great medium for kids to play with. You can make a mini sandbox filled with rice that they can play in with trucks or action figures. White rice isn't very exciting though. It is very easy to dye rice whatever colors you want using food coloring.
Ideas for using your rainbow play rice:
By lalala... from Port Orchard, WA
A great "sandbox" for kids to use indoors is to fill a large plastic container with a bag of plain rice (I use a dishpan). Give them some measuring cups and funnels and they will play for hours! It's inexpensive and spilled rice can be vacuumed easily. Just watch that very small children don't try to eat the rice.
This rainbow play rice is great for sensory play. Watch this video and learn how to make it.
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Can you "paint" with colored rice? Will the color stay on the rice when you add white glue? Thank you!
By Bonnie J
I used food coloring and dyed pasta, rice, and navy beans for my child to use for a kindergarten project two years ago and color stayed. We dyed one evening about 6ish, spread dyed items out on newspaper to dry and then the next day he used Elmer's school gule to color his project.
Can you colour pasta the same way as the uncooked rice with food colouring?
I've dyed pasta by mixing a few drops of food coloring in 1/2 cup alcohol. Pour over the dry pasta and mix it up. Let dry on paper towels.
That's rubbing alcohol - not vodka.