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#KidsintheKitchen Using Colored Rice as Art

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Last Sunday was a cooking day for me. I was in the mood for all kinds of new food but recipes that I wasn’t familiar with so I didn’t really want the kids helping out. Instead I gave Shae an entirely new project to try out, Using Colored Rice as Art. Colored Rice and Pasta is typically used as a sensory play mediums but for us it was a new way to play with color and texture and shapes.  As you can see I added some wagon wheel and bowtie pasta shapes into the mix.
#kidsinthekitchen Using Colored Rice as Art
I added rice to a wonton soup container, added a few drops of food color and alcohol and let Shae shake. Within a hour of creating all the colors we needed the rice (and pasta) was dry.
#kidsinthekitchen Using Colored Rice as Art
I set Shae up with her individual bowls of rice and pasta, school glue, heavy finger paint paper and let her create whatever she wanted. The trick was to really add lots of glue so the rice and pasta didn’t move once it had dried.

#kidsinthekitchen Using Colored Rice as Art

I recommend putting your picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard so it can be transferred while drying. Trying to move a flimsy piece of paper covered in rice wasn’t fun.

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  1. I like this craft! I could see those materials working really well for a sorting activity for the younger set, too. Well, the big pinwheels at least!

  2. Cool idea. I’ve tried to dye food before but never thought to use alcohol to help it.

  3. I’ve seen this before and always hesitated due to the mess 🙁 But I love that you involved your child with every step from making it, playing with it, creating with it. I think I will commit! This is just too cool! Thanks!

  4. Totally doing this today!!!

  5. Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen says

    Very cool! When we went to Creative Clubhouse last year, they had little wooden picture frames for Ikea for the kids to glue pasta, too. Adding in colored rice would add to the visual and sensory texture.

  6. Great idea for a new artistic medium! Love it!

  7. Rachael says

    What a fun idea! I know my little princess would love this! And an excuse to overuse glue is never something the knight would turn down!

  8. What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to try this. Yet another use for fabulous dyed rice. Pinning now!

  9. I’m always looking for new projects for the boys! Thanks for posting this great activity!

  10. Oh I love it!!! She made a great picture! I think the colored rice would be a fun texture box for young kids, too!

  11. My kids would have so much fun with this! I can’t wait to try it with them and see what art they create!

  12. Varya @ littleartists says

    What a great activity! thank you for sharing!

  13. What a fun project! I’ve done this with pasta but never with rice. That’s a great medium to work with.

  14. My kids LOVED doing that! You bring back such fun memories!


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