Christmas Scented Rice

How to make sensory rice that smells just like Christmas (from Growing a Jeweled Rose)

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Making Christmas rice is really simple and lots of fun for kids!

Christmas Rice Recipe
  • Green and/or red food coloring
  • Rice
  • Water
  • Peppermint Extract, cinnamon spice, or another pantry item that captures your favorite Christmas scent
  • Zip seal bags
We used peppermint extract to make peppermint scented Christmas rice, but you could also use cinnamon ,fir or another favorite holiday aroma.  In a large zip lock bag add the desired amount of rice.  Then add a few drops of food coloring

Christmas scented rice

 Add a bit of extract along with a few drops of water.  The water just helps to coat the rice in color.  Seal the zip seal bag and then hand it off to your little one to mix up.  They can pound it, shake it, squeeze it, and squish it.  

Christmas activities- peppermint rice

Just stand close by to make sure the bag isn't being handled too roughly or that it hasn't popped open. We have never had a problem with this, but if you are concerned you could also tape the bag shut before giving it to your toddler.

I opted to make both red and green rice.  If you wish to make both colors just repeat the above process using a new zip seal bag.

Christmas scented rice

Once the rice is mixed well you can lay it out on a cookie sheet to dry or let it dry right in the bag.  Just be sure to leave the bag open.

Christmas scented rice

Now we have the start of a fantastic Holiday Sensory Bin!  I plan to add the rice into a sensory bin by itself with just a few cups first and then slowly build a Christmas sensory bin over the next few weeks.  Slowly adding elements is a great way to keep children interested.

Here is our Christmas sensory bin from last year!  You can add whatever festive bits you might have lying around- pine cones, real pieces of pine tree, red gems, Christmas decorations, a small tree for the girls to decorate, bells, snow flakes, pom poms, pipe cleaners, ribbon scraps.............

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