Ducks 'n a Row: Preschool Colored Rice Activities

25 May 2014

Preschool Colored Rice Activities

By Sinea Pies

Colored rice preschool sensory activities #preschool Ducks 'n a Row

One of the things I love about preschool is all the bright colors. Kids love color and so do I. We introduced colored rice in our classroom with our R is for Rainbows unit. I tinted some rice -- blue, purple, red, orange, yellow and green -- and we made layers of color in clear plastic cups. Rainbows!  

Rice rainbows in cups.

Later on I re-introduced our colored rice for sensory play in a large plastic bin. Truly, I believed that four children could play easily about it but no more. I was wrong. Six and even seven youngsters gathered around with little cups, lids, cars, bottle caps, other toys and their imaginations for nearly an hour of fun.  The rice, of course, became a carousel of color, as it quickly mixed in. Still pretty but now inseparably combined--and much was lost on the floor. Oh well--no biggie! That's what vacuums were made for.
Colored rice preschool activities #preschool #sensoryplay

How To Color Rice

1 cup of long-grain white rice
1/2 tsp white vinegar
several drops of food coloring
Plastic 2 cup container with lid
Zip lock bags for storage


Put food coloring and vinegar in a plastic container.
Add rice.
Cover tightly with lid and shake until all of the rice is covered.
Put rice in a plastic bag and seal.

Tip:  Wash and dry container before making the next color.
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