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Easy Peasy Rainbow Rice

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You will need:

  • 1kg bag white rice
  • White vinegar
  • 3-4 food colours (we chose pink, yellow, green and blue)
  • Sealable sandwich bags
  • Large plastic container


– Divide 2-3 cups of white rice into the resealable sandwich bags.

– Pour 2tbsp of white vinegar into each bag.

– Add food colouring. The more you use, the deeper the shade. We went for vibrant colours and used several tbsp for each bag.

– Shake the mixture until the rice is coated in the food colouring.

– Leave the rice to dry overnight to prevent mould.

– Put each colour into a large plastic storage container (or tuff spot) ready for play!

There is an option to make rainbow rice with non-toxic acrylics too HOWEVER… I would only use that method with children 3+ as you need to be sure they won’t put play items in their mouths.

As always, please do any play activity under supervision.

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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