Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice

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By Amelia Schrader
Senior Manager of Education

Have fun while teaching children about primary and secondary colors! The rice can be used for other activities and projects!

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice
Download a printable version here!


1 cup of uncooked rice
1 TBSP white vinegar
Food coloring (color of your choice)
Paper towel

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice


Set up: 5 minutes
Inactive: 1-2 hours
Play time: Unlimited!  

Academic Subject(s):

Sensory Motor, Science, Fine Motor, Gross Motor  This lesson supports areas of Early Childhood Development and  PreK Curriculum:
· Understanding of cause and effect – i.e. adding the blue food coloring makes the rice blue. (36-60 months)
· PreK Standards: Counting to tell the number of objects, acquire knowledge about the physical properties of the world and visual arts.


Step 1: Measure 1 cup of uncooked rice into a container with a lid or plastic bag.  

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice

Step 2: Measure 1TBSP of white vinegar and add this to the uncooked rice. Add desired amount of food coloring to the bag as well. The more food coloring you add the more vibrant the color will appear.

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice

**Extra Learning Tip! If your kiddo is learning color mixing use this activity as an opportunity to mix primary colors to make secondary colors! Don’t just use purple food dye, mix blue and red instead!  

Step 3: Secure the lid on top or zip the plastic bag closed and vigorously shake the container until all the rice is dyed.

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice

Step 4: Lay paper towel out on a clean, dry tray. Pour the now colored rice onto the tray and allow it to dry for 1-2 hours.

Sanity Savers: Dyed Rice

Step 5: Once the rice is dry you can use it for anything – art projects, sensory bins, shaker bottles – the possibilities are endless! 

This is a great recipe to make along side your child. Encourage them to help you measure, pour and shake! We recommend doing this project just before lunch or a rest time so when they are fed, awake and active again the rice will be dry and ready for play!

 Vocabulary Words

·Primary Colors: These colors cannot be created by mixing together other colors. The primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
·Secondary Colors: These colors are created by mixing together two primary colors. The secondary colors are orange, green and purple. Orange is created by mixing red and yellow. Green is created by mixing blue and yellow. Purple is created by mixing blue and red.  

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