How to Make Really Vibrant Coloured Rice (for Kids Craft or Sensory Play)

Do you ever have those times where you hesitate to make your own art, craft or sensory supplies, because of a doubt in your mind about how difficult it will actually be? Yeah, I have those too. I had them about making homemade play dough (since reformed), and I’ve had them about dying grains for sensory play. But now that I’ve tried making coloured rice, I’m kicking myself, because it was SUPER EASY! And the results are pretty awesome (even if I do say so myself).

How to make really vibrant coloured rice at home ~ Danya Banya

There’s lots of DIY coloured or dyed rice posts around (like this one, this one, this onethis one or this one).

Most say ‘add as much colour as you wish’, without telling you how much you’ll need. So I thought I would share how much we used to make ours, to give you a yard stick for when you’re making your own.

It took less than 5 minutes plus overnight drying time, using just three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Ingredients for making coloured rice

  • 1 kilogram long grain rice
  • + 4 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • + 2 Tablespoons green food colouring
  • = really vibrantly coloured green rice.

Of course, you don’t have to use green. You can make yours whatever colour you wish! (Blue rice looks awesome too).

Mix all the ingredients together in a sealed container (using the ‘shake, shake, shake’ method), pour out onto trays lined with foil (or baking paper), and then leave overnight to dry.

*Try to use a container that is waterproof. Mine wasn’t completely, and so I was careful to shake inside the kitchen sink in case of any small leaks.*

How to make really vibrant coloured rice for kids craft or sensory play

The next day, you have crisp, dry, vibrantly coloured rice!

There are all sorts of ways to play with coloured rice. It’s perfect for scoop and pour type sensory play.

Sensory play with coloured riceYou could use it to add texture to art & craft projects.

Or you could do a little pretend flower arranging…

Flower arranging in coloured rice

I’ll show you another way that we used our rice tomorrow!

xx Danya


  1. Kruti

    Thanks for process, like this, thre is one idea how to play or display the colourfull rice on page
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