Christmas Scented Rice

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
Making Christmas rice is really simple and lots of fun for kids!

Rice makes a a great play material.  It is less messy than play sand, and you only need a few common kitchen items to make it.  Kids will play for hours, and this sensory rice will leave your entire home smelling just like Christmas, too!  
FUN KID PROJECT: Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
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Christmas Rice Recipe

  • Green & red food coloring
  • Rice
  • Water
  • Zip seal bags
Optional Additions
  • Peppermint extract
  • Cinnamon extract (or cinnamon spice)
  • Glitter
  • Holiday trinkets
Method
  • Begin by adding the desired amount of rice to a large, zip-seal bag.  Then, add several drops of food coloring.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
  • You will want to use one bag for each color of rice that you wish to make.  We used two bags to make both red and green rice.
  • Add 3-5 drops of extract to the bag, using one of your favorite holiday scents.  Then, add a small amount of water. The water just helps to coat the rice in color.  
  • Seal the bags tightly, and then hand them off to your little ones to mix up.  They can pound them, shake them, squeeze them, and squish them.  
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
  • Once the rice is saturated in color leave it to dry right in the bag. Just make sure the bag is left open.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
  • After a few hours your rice will be dry and ready for play!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make Christmas Rice!  Less messy than play sand & it smells just like Christmas! #christmasplayrecipes #christmascraftsforkids #Christmasactivitiesforkids
This rice makes a fantastic start to a holiday sensory bin.  Start with the rice in a play bin.  Then, slowly add holiday elements to extend the fun.  Adding to the bin slowly is a great way to keep kids engaged.

You can add whatever festive bits you might have lying around.  
Here are some ideas:
  • Red & green pom poms
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Holiday figurines
  • Buckets & shovels
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • Tinsel
  • Pieces of pine
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