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How to make a Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

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Have you ever wondered how to make a rainbow rice sensory bin? It's really not as hard as it looks. Coloring the rice is something that you can do once and then it lasts for months and months if stored properly. Rainbow rice is such a fun sensory item to put in your toddler's sensory bin! 

How to make a rainbow rice sensory bin

I hope you all had a great time washing the toys yesterday! Today's challenge is a bit more difficult and time consuming but once it's done you'll have rainbow rice for at least a year!

Make sure you check our Facebook Group and on Instagram (use the hashtag #sensorybinchallenge ) to see what everyone has been getting up to.   If you missed day 8  of the challenge you can catch up HERE.  If you haven't signed up to the challenge yet you can still join in HERE


Today I am going to show you how to color rice for a sensory bin. While it does take a little bit of time to do, it's something that can be played with over and over again. Just like our colored pasta, it can be stored in an airtight container for a really long time.

The method for dying the rice is exactly the same as the pasta.

What you need to color rice for sensory play

how to color rice for sensory play

How to color rice for sensory play

  1. Place the rice into ziplock bags (one for each color)
  2. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar and a drop or 2 of food coloring (less is best)
  3. Zip the bag up and shake until the color is evenly spread over the rice
  4. Pour the rice onto some baking sheets and leave in the sun until completely dry.
  5. Store in a container.

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I recommend playing with the seperate colors first as you can get a few different sensory bin experiences out of them before you mix all the colors together. Obviously once you mix the colors, there's no going back!

Make sure to share photos in our Facebook group and use #sensorybinchallenge on Instagram. I'll repost them throughout the day.

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Some other activities you might enjoy are:

Color Scavenger Hunt 


Octopus Do a Dot Activity 

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