{Play} Magic Rainbow Rice Letters

April 4, 2012 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

Making Rainbow Rice has been on my play to-do list since we saw these beautiful images and tutorial at Share & Remember.  (She also inspired our Painted Toast Activity).

If you noticed, I did say “my” list, and not “ours,” because frankly, sometimes my own desire to participate in cool preschool activities overtakes any goals I have for teaching and playing with the children.

During the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks back, I thought it would be the perfect time to try it out based on the whole rainbow connection thing.

Jane helped me shake and mix rainbow rice colors in plastic bags and glass jars.

Then we dried the rice at the lowest setting in the oven since it was raining and we couldn’t dry it out in the sun.

When it finally came out, I was seriously dizzy with delight at seeing all the beautiful colors.  And what a magnificent feeling when you rake your fingers through the rice and let it run through your fingers!

Jane smelled it during her exploration, too.  I suppose you could scent it for an even more vibrant experience.

She enjoyed the feeling of plunging her little hands into the rice and mixing it up with her fingers, but really focused on “cooking” and filling jars with the colorful grains using a spoon.

Instead of just a sensory experience, we incorporated some letter learning, too, with the help of clear glue.  The letters appeared like magic!

Jane watched me make some letters “magically” appear and then she tried it on her own.  Once she started shaking, she wouldn’t stop!

I found that the simplest patterns turned out the best.

So, that’s draw with your glue, sift on some rainbow rice, and shake, shake, shake off the excess.  So easy!  This activity would work just as well with numbers or shapes or anything you or your little one can imagine.

What fun have you had with rainbow rice?  We’ll be posting a few more activities from this batch over the next few days, but would love more ideas!  And stay tuned for a Rainbow Link Party to celebrate April showers’ beautiful rainbows.

LEARN! Alphabet, colors, sensory play

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