Looking for something new to do, I stumbled upon some ideas on rice as a tool for sensory play and learning. So off we went to the kitchen and got some rice. Little did I know that my son would love this little project!
First I prepared 4 ziplock bags and placed about a 1/4 cup of rice each bag. Then we got some food coloring with water and placed one color per bag. We prepared to do 4 colors. After about soaking them for 15 minutes, we removed the excess water and drained the rice. Later, it was ready to be air dried.
But since Joshua and I were getting excited to play with the rice, we opted to use a hair blower and cloth to help us dry it quickly.
Once it was dry, the rice can be used to hide alphabets that he could guess. I tried to do one alphabet per letter. However, as we began playing that, it was not easy to keep every rice grain to stick to its proper colored bowl. Later, Josh wanted to mix them all and it was actually cute to have mixed colored rice!
As I left Josh to explore with the rice on his table, he was making lots of artwork with his hands. First he was making circles. Later his imagination just left him to play there for almost an hour!
This was a great sensory and learning tool for the day! Even the process of making the rice was such a great bonding experience for us!