My son loves to drive his miniature construction vehicles through dry rice. It’s a nice alternative when playing in the sandbox isn’t possible.
With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, I thought I’d try making patriotic rainbow rice. (I’ve seen several “recipes” for colored rice out there. I did something very similar to the one found at Blog Me Mom. The only difference is that I stirred the food coloring into the rice instead of shaking it. Next time, I’m letting the kids shake it up before I pop it in the microwave for those 10 seconds!)
Once I had the rice colored, I set out the invitation to play…
I pulled out the outdoor play kitchen stuff from when we do mud pies, and they started spooning rice into various containers.
At first they tried keeping all the colors separated. But eventually it was a spoonful of red, followed by a spoonful of blue…
And, of course, after a while, the construction vehicles made an appearance!
I have to say, just by adding color to the rice, it became a whole new level of excitement for both of my preschoolers! Rainbow rice sensory play is something we will definitely be doing again!