Nadia2By Nadia Tayob, mother of 3 children. She enjoys teaching and playing with her kids in unusual and creative ways.  You can find examples of these activities and more on her blog, Fun With Mama along with printable activities for those pressed for time.  Find her on Facebook and  Twitter .

Making coloured rice with children is a process activity that is fun while teaching them some life skills without them even realizing that they are learning something. Yes, Mom can make it at home while they are at school but then you miss out on some valuable fun teaching moments. All you need are ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!


  • White Rice (use the cheapest one).
  • ¼ cup Vinegar for each color
  • Food Colouring
  • Ziplock Bags
  • A container to keep your rice in or ziplock bags.

What can children learn?

Children will learn to carefully scoop and pour while trying to balance their cups and the ziplock bag all at once.
They will then need to measure out the ¼ cup of vinegar and pour that in slowly.
The mixing part is just plain fun!
If doing this with more than one child they will both have to work on their patience by waiting for their turn.
They will also learn the value of teamwork when they see their finished product (gorgeous coloured rice).

Lets get started:


Add your desired amount of rice and the food colour you would like to your ziplock bag.


Put in about a ¼ cup of vinegar and shake it all up. Mix it in so the color distributes evenly.

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Lay out to dry in the sun for a few hours or in the oven under low heat. Transfer to your desired container.

What can you do with coloured rice?


  • Let your child add it to their paintings or play dough.

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  • Hide items inside and let your child search for these items.


    • Use the coloured rice in your sensory bin.

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