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Hey there, fellow adventurers of the kitchen! Today, we’re spicing things up in a whole new way – we’re diving headfirst into the colorful world of sensory play with one of our favorite DIY projects: rainbow rice!

Now, you might be wondering, “What’s the big deal about dyed rice?” Well, let me tell you, it’s like bringing a burst of sunshine into your sensory bin! Not only is it super easy and affordable to make, but it’s also a fantastic way to engage your little ones’ senses and spark their creativity.

So, grab your aprons and let’s get started on this vibrant journey!


  • 2 cups White rice (any variety will do!)
  • Liquid food coloring in a variety of colors
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • Ziplock bags or containers for dyeing & storage
  • Baking sheets or trays for drying


  1. Prep Your Rice: Start by dividing your white rice into separate Ziplock bags or containers. Depending on how many colors you want to create, you’ll need a bag or container for each color.
  2. Add Some Color: Next comes the fun part – adding the magic! Squeeze a few drops of liquid food coloring along with your white vinegar into each bag or container, one color per bag. Remember, the more drops you add, the more vibrant your rice will be, so don’t be afraid to get creative!
  3. Shake, Shake, Shake: Seal your bags or containers tightly and give them a good shake to evenly distribute the color. Watch as the rice transforms right before your eyes – it’s like a mini rainbow in each bag!
  4. Let It Dry: Once your rice is all nice and colorful, spread it out in a thin layer on baking sheets or trays to dry. Let it sit for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally to prevent clumping. Pro tip: If you’re in a hurry, you can pop it in the oven on the lowest setting for a quick dry!
  5. Time to Play: Once your rainbow rice is dry and ready to go, it’s time to let the sensory fun begin! Grab some scoops, spoons, and containers, and let your little ones dive in. They’ll love the feeling of the rice between their fingers and the vibrant colors swirling around in their sensory bin.

    Store in an airtight container or a sealed ziploc bag so your child can rediscover the world any time they wish!

Benefits of Sensory Play with Rainbow Rice:

  • Encourages Exploration: Sensory play is all about exploring the world through touch, sight, and sound. Rainbow rice offers a unique sensory experience that stimulates your child’s senses and encourages them to engage with their environment in a playful way.
  • Promotes Creativity: With its bright colors and endless possibilities, rainbow rice sparks imaginative play and encourages creativity. Whether they’re sorting, pouring, or building, your little ones will love using their imagination to create all sorts of colorful masterpieces.
  • Develops Fine Motor Skills: Scooping, pouring, and manipulating the rice helps develop your child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Plus, it’s a great way to practice counting, sorting, and patterning – talk about a win-win!

So there you have it, folks – a fun and easy way to bring a burst of color into your sensory playtime! Whether you’re exploring new textures, building fine motor skills, or simply having a blast, rainbow rice is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. So why wait? Grab your rice and get ready to dive into a world of colorful fun! 🌈