Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Colored Rice

Since many of you inquired about this on my family blog I thought I'd share it here. This is not a sewing or craft project, but it is nothing fancy, and oh so popular with my girls. Ever since I made this with Gabs last Friday, she has asked to play with it every morning! We put it in a storage bin that we have here, but I think the best one would be those shallow, sweater tupperware that fit under the bed. The girls have loved filling all their bowls and cups and making "picnics." I cut up an egg carton and those have provided hours of joy as well as ice trays, especially if you have fun shaped ones. For boys, I'm sure trucks and G.I. Joes will be just as entertaining. We've also buried pennies, buttons, clips, and yarn and searched for them in the rice. So, here's how you do it, so easy...

Take a plastic baggie and add a tiny bit of vinegar...like 1 tsp. or so.
Drop a few drops of food coloring in...the more you put in, the darker the rice will turn out.
Add 1.5 to 2 cups rice.
Shake bag to coat all the rice.
Lay out on cookie sheet and put in oven for 30 minutes at 200.
Use same baggie and repeat with different color food coloring.

Total we made about 5 cups because I was out of red food coloring. I'm sure if you have a big bin, you'll need more. We just layed out a big oil cloth mat and they went crazy...what's vacuuming the house one more time than we already do anyway?

I got this idea from a a web site called write, mama write. There are millions of ideas for little toddlers.


Jennifer said...

Jamie your blog is a true inspiration. Thanks. If my kids ever say "my Mom was so cool" when they grow up I'll owe it all to you:-)

Tasha said...

Thank you for posting the directions here. I am definatly investing some time to this after this weekends craziness. Tanner and Brayden will love playing with this next week. I am going to check out that website too. You keep me on my toes . . . Thank you!