Valentines Rice Recipe

February 14, 2020
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
Dyed rice makes a great play material for kids of all ages.
It is less messy than play sand.  It is easy to color, and there are tons of fun ways to use it in sensory bins!  Today, we are sharing a simple rice recipe perfect for valentines themed play. 

Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
Rice is a lot like sand but cheaper, and it makes a fun sound when it is poured or shaken. It keeps indefinitely, can easily be stored, and vacuums up well. We have made sensory rice in tons of ways! Visit our play recipes collection for more ideas.

Rose Rice Recipe

Method
  • Begin by placing the desired amount of white rice into a large zip-seal bag.
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
  • Add several drops of pink or red food coloring.  The more you add the more vibrant the rice will become.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of water.  The water just helps to coat the rice in the dye.
  • Add 2-3 drops of rose oil if desired.  Then, seal the bag tightly, and shake the contents inside until all of the rice is fully saturated in color.
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
  • Open the bag, and leave the rice to dry for roughly 4-6 hours.
  • Once dry re-seal the bag and break the rice up with your hands.  It tends to stick together a bit as it dries, but easily breaks apart.
  • Lastly, pour the rice into a play bin or container, and the fun can begin!
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids

To extend the fun I added bowls, heart scoopers, artificial roses, and heart gems to the bin.  Rosie and Jewel had lots of fun and found lots of ways to explore!

The girls especially loved hunting for the heart gems in the rice. I would hide them, and they would delight in finding them. 
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
While hunting and collecting the hearts we worked on counting, simple addition and subtraction, and other early learning concepts.
A few questions I posed as the girls played:

  • How many scoops does it take to fill the bowl?
  • Which scooper fills the bowl faster?  Why?
  • Do these two containers hold the same amount of rice?
Review a variety of early learning concepts with this easy to make rice play bin, perfect for Valentine's Day! #dyedrice #sensoryactivities #sensorybins #valentinesday #howtodyerice #growingajeweledrose #activitiesforkids
I also had them practice writing letters in the rice.  Rosie and Jewel had a blast and played & played!

A Few Tips:  

  • Pink food coloring comes in the neon food coloring pack which can be found in the baking aisle of most major stores or online here
  • Store your rice in an sealed container between play times, and it can be used again & again!
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More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!