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How to Colour Rice for Sensory Play

How to Colour Rice for Sensory Play

How to Colour Rice for Sensory Play

For each colour of rice you need:

  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • Food colouring or gel


  • Pour a cup of rice into a container that has a lid
  • Add food colouring to 1/2 tsp of vinegar and drizzle over the rice
  • Pop the lid on your container, and shake it. Add more colour if it’s not quite as bright as you’d like.
  • Transfer rice on to a tray and allow it to dry out for awhile.

Coloured rice is wonderful for sensory play, discovery bottles, and to generally brighten things up in crafting.

Use Vinegar, not Rubbing Alcohol
Most recipes for dyeing rice uses rubbing alcohol to set the food colouring so it doesn’t stain your hands when you’re playing with it.
I recommend the vinegar option a try, we know for sure it works as a more kid-friendly alternative to the rubbing alcohol.
I’m happy to say that my rice turned out really vibrant, and I’ve run my hands through all the colours while it’s drying, and the colour doesn’t transfer to my hands, you can add oil to the vinegar in rice or oil in play dough, to make it smell good.

How to Colour Rice for Sensory Play

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