Play Recipe- Fall Scented Rice


Dry rice makes a great play material for children.  It is less messy than sand and can be stored and used time and time again.  Today, we retired our Summer scented rice and filled our bin with a new rice recipe collection that captures all the beautiful colors and alluring aromas of Fall.

How to Make
Fall Scented Rice 

Make your own sensory rice for Fall using this EASY method.  {Rice makes a great play material for kids and is way less messy than sand}

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Fall Scented Rice Play Recipes {what you need}
  • Rice (Walmart has 10 pound bags for under $7)
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Zip seal bags
  • Spices/extracts for scent- we made 5 different kinds of rice, each one with a different scent.  
         We used: 
               -Apple pie spice to make apple scented green rice
              -Pumpkin pie spice to make pumpkin scented orange rice
               -Coffee extract to make coffee scented brown rice
              -Cranberry oil to make cranberry scented red rice
             -Clove spice to make clove scented yellow rice

Method
Making the rice varieties is very easy, and each time we make sensory rice we find ways to make it even easier.  This time I filled each zip seal bag with the desired amount of rice and added a bit of scent along with several drops of food coloring and a bit of water.  The water just helps the food coloring color the rice.  You want to add enough to make the rice damp but not too wet.  Then seal the bags, and let the kids mix them up.  My girls love shaking and squishing the bags until all the rice is good and colored

A collection of Fall scented rice recipes that capture all the all the beautiful colors and alluring aromas of Fall. {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}

What we did differently this time is that we just left the rice in the bag to dry instead of laying it out.  This worked GREAT and saved us a step!

Just like with our Summer rice I wanted to capture all the aromas and scents of the season in this sensory bin.

Kids activity: DIY Fall scented rice for play & learning activities {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}

Nothing says Fall to me more than pumpkins and apples.  Fall always makes me think of Thanksgiving too, which led me to cranberry and clove scented rice varieties.  As for the coffee rice, well, I just love coffee in the Fall.  I love that we were able to capture the coffee scent without using real coffee. It is a very invigorating aroma which is good for stimulating brain function during play.

Kids activity: DIY Fall scented rice for play & learning activities {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}


All of the colors perfectly come together to capture the essence of Fall, especially once mixed

Kids activity: DIY Fall scented rice for play & learning activities {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}

Doesn't this rice just scream Fall?  One whiff and I am transported to a brisk Autumn day with the leaves changing and a coffee in hand.  I love sitting close while the girls play with this bin and breathing in all the best aroma's of one of my favorite seasons.  Rosie and Jewel really love this rice, too!

Kids activity: DIY Fall scented rice for play & learning activities {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}

Add shovels, buckets, bowls, rakes, and other kitchen gadgets, and kids will find all sorts of ways to play!


This rice will keep indefinitely or until it gets soiled.  We placed our Summer rice in a large zip seal bag to pull out again next year, and I am sure we will be doing the same with this rice after Fall passes.

Kids activity: DIY Fall scented rice for play & learning activities {Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Clove, and Coffee rice recipes}
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