How To Make Rainbow Rice For Sensory Play

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Rainbow rice makes a great sensory play addition, perfect for pouring, sifting, putting through a sieve, weighing, scooping and feeling between fingers and toes. It is really quick and simple to make and, if stored correctly, you can continue to reuse it.


  • White Rice
  • White vinegar
  • Food colouring


  • Freezer bag or something similar (you can wash out the same bag to use for each rice colour)
  • Pots for play
  • Sealed containers for storing


  • Measure out half a cup of white rice and pour this into a freezer bag.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar.
  • Add 1-2 drops of your chosen food colouring.
  • Shake the bag until the colour completely covers your rice.
  • Leave to air dry for 30 minutes. In the meantime you can make other colours for your child.

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Once your rice has been played with, simply store in airtight containers for the next play session.

And if you like making homemade items for play, you may like my post on making homemade playdough.

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