Somewhere Over the Rainbow….there’s a bag of rice!

by Hope Sewell on July 4, 2011

in crafts, faith, family, kids

I have a confession.  I am in love with Roy G. Biv. I think I always have been.   Any time I’m doing some sort of organization I use Roy G. Biv as my guide.  If you’ve forgotten who Roy G. Biv is, he’s the fella that helps us keep our colors straight and in order!  R-red  O-orange Y-yellow G-green B-blue I-indigo V-violet.  The colors of the rainbow just bring a smile to your face and it reminds me that our creator God truly is a God of order.

Recently in my little preschool class at Redeemer we were studying Noah’s Ark.  One of my first thoughts in planning was the rainbow and it’s significance….that God promised to never again completely destroy the earth with water.  And He IS faithful.  Next time it’s going to be fire and that’s a totally different story.  But in my prep time, I came across this idea for rainbow colored rice.  I have used this exact same technique for coloring sand but have never thought about doing it with rice.  My children LOVE playing with rice.  I used to keep a “rubber maid” storage tub with just plain white rice in it.  When they wanted to play with it, I’d pull out a vinyl tablecloth and spread it on the floor.  The LOVED digging around in the rice with there hands, funnels, measuring cups and spoons etc.  It IS messy but it’s easily cleaned up.  And they’ve been requesting a rice bucket to play in again, so this was the perfect opportunity.

For my preschool class, I went to Publix and bought a 20 pound bag of rice and YES, the cashier AND bag boy wanted to know what I was doing with it.  So rice, rubbing alcohol, food coloring and large ziplock bags is what you need to get started.

Using a 2 cup measuring scoop I put 4 cups of rice in the ziplock bags.  I started with these plain storage bags but had to graduate to the freezer bags because the rice easily punctured the thinner storage bags.

In a small bowl, I poured just a splash of the rubbing alcohol and dropped in some drops of food coloring and stirred it with a wooden Popsicle stick.Pour it into the bag of rice and get to shakin’!! (He has wet hair here because Ruthie talked him into playing “hair salon”)Even little hands can do this project!!  And I LOVE watching their eager little faces!  Getting messy is often the goal of their day.Shake-a-shake shake shake!!  More hair salon work here as well.

You can make as many colors as you like.  On the back of most boxes of food coloring is a drop measurement chart for making all kinds of sophisticated colors.  I made two bags of orange and didn’t get either of them quite right.  One was too light and the other was too dark…..maybe next time.We made 6 colors.  I always omit Indigo.  :)

The children LOVED playing in the rice.  I poured the bags into large tubs….I tried to get tubs that were long and shallow…threw in some measuring cups, funnels, wooden spoons etc.  We also have the Little People version of Noah’s ark (got that for Christmas from Aunt Janet many years ago) so I added Noah, his wife and some of the two by two’s to the tub as well.  As I said before it is messy but keeping it on a vinyl table cloth or old sheet really helps with the clean up.  You can either pour it back in the tubs or just shake it out outside.

Use this same technique with sand.  I have looked like a fool collecting all the buckets that I could find from Pineapple Willy’s in PCB and filling them with sand to bring home and color.  But you can buy play sand from places like Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot.  A 50 lb bag should be under $2.  We didn’t use the sand to play in but we used it for things like sand art.  It’s a lot cheaper than buying the prepackaged craft sand.

Enjoy your Independence today and pray for those who aren’t as blessed!

Happy 4th!

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Leigh Ann July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

This is so fun! We did this with salt and used the salt to scrub our feet and elbows in the tub.


Hope Sewell July 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Oh that sounds like a GREAT idea!! Check out my give away on the homepage!! 😉


Heidi Woodruff July 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Love this idea!!! It’ll be great for my grandchildren!


Michelle July 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

I love this idea! It sounds like so much fun. I never knew it was that easy to make. Thanks for sharing!


Leigh Ann Phillips July 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

You could also make ispy jars with this. Hmmm I may try that!


Hannah Handmade July 26, 2011 at 10:40 am



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