I had a recipe for this pinned on pinterest, but when I actually went to do it I had just finished dying pasta and the amount of food coloring it was calling for in the recipe for the rice sounded extreme. So I decided to try the ratio I had been using for the pasta, and it worked great! Here is the ratio for each baggie/color of rice:
2 c. rice
3 T rubbing alcohol
30 drops food color
I combined the liquid ingredients, then poured them over the rice in a ziplock bag mixing everything well. I let it sit for about 15 minutes, shaking it occasionally, then put it out on wax paper to dry. I used a 5 lb bag of rice to make 6 colors.
Tips and Tricks (aka what I would do different next time...)
Rubbing alcohol stinks! Be sure to allow for ventilation. I did this at night during the winter... would be a better idea when it is warm and can be done outside!
If you have too much liquid when you dump the rice onto the wax paper, it can actually soak through onto whatever is underneath! Drain well, and be prepared.
We put our rainbow rice in a tub, and added some sand tools and little cups for measuring and dumping. We also used some little colored balls for buried treasure.
I look forward to sharing more of these early learning activities... and not just because it means getting to look back through photos of my curly-mop-top little boy!
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