Our boys received a sand and water table for Christmas this year. It's finally been warm enough to be outside for more than 5 minutes, so we pulled it out recently. Now, it hasn't been warm enough to splash in water and we don't have any sand sitting around, so I needed to find something they could dig around in.
Enter colored rice, the easiest little crafty project you ever did see.
My four year old 'helped,' but I have to admit, I had way more fun doing it than he did!
My kids don't put their attention to anything for more than five minutes tops. But this rice had both of them occupied for at least 20 minutes! Long enough for me to snap about 150 pictures of them dumping it everywhere but back in to the table! It helps that they love to scoop, dump, throw, and dig. So the rice in the table was a great choice this time around. Of course, you can do plain rice, but sometimes a little color makes things more fun!
Here's how to make some colored rice that your kids will LOVE playing in.
- 1 large bag of white rice (I got mine at the dollar store since it was going to be used for playing and not eating!)
- Food coloring
- Rubbing alcohol
- Plastic sandwich bags
- Paper plates
|Letting the rice dry for a few minutes|
|I poured it out all pretty-like before the littles came to mix it up!|
|The littlest making his discovery|
|Big brother burying cars, little brother scooping and pouring|
|Scoop and shake so it all scatters on the deck!|