DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

It’s about this time of year where I really start to hit a wall when it comes to entertaining a toddler in the house. When the temp starts to dip below comfortable-level-for-outside-activities,I need a host of indoor activities that’ll engage him (and, well, engage me, too). I’ve committed to coming up with more new ways to engage my toddler in sensory play (activities that simulate toddlers’ senses including touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing).

This DIY kaleidoscope rice is the perfect project to engage kids in exploring colours with their hands. Even better, it’s simple, non-toxic, and costs next to nothing. My son loves the bright colours, and the play possibilities are infinite.

RELATED: 29 Indoor Games Your Kids Will Absolutely Love

Supplies:

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

  • 8 cups uncooked rice
  • Food colours
  • White vinegar
  • Ziploc bags

Instructions:

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Step 1: Add 1 cup rice to a bag.

Step 2: In a small bowl combine 1-2 tablespoons vinegar along with one of the food colours. The intensity of the colour will depend on how many drops you put in.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Step 3: Add the vinegar mixture to the rice and seal the bag.  Make sure to let out as much air as possible before sealing

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Step 4: Squish the vinegar mixture all over the rice.  This is a great time for the kids to get involved; they love squeezing all the colour around.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Step 5: Once the colour is disbursed on all the rice, pour out onto some baking paper and let it air dry.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Here are all my colours drying.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Now go use your imagination with it!

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

We filled jars in different colour rows.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Use a glue stick to create pictures.

DIY: Kaleidoscope Rice

Or just let your child swirl their hands around in the rice and explore what happens when the colours mix together.