Carolina and Bryce tried a new project with me today.
We colored rice!
We did use a recipe, but I'm a dump-and-a-pinch-and-a-pour kind of gal, so this is our loose version.
*Take a gallon Zip Lock bag or quart jar for each color.
*Pour about 2 Tbs white vinegar into the bag (or jar).
*Squirt in some food coloring. (I have read of people using watercolor instead)
*Pour in about 2 cups of white rice.
*Seal container, then let hoodlums shake it up!
*Lay a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet with a lip (jellyroll pan).
*Pour all of one color rice onto parchment, and cook in oven for 10-20 min at 250 degrees.
The goal here is to dry out the rice. It may take more or less time depending on how
wet the rice is initially.
*Pour dry, cooled rice into a plastic tub and let hoodlums explore their indoor "sandbox"!
If you are smart, you might prefer to let them play this game on a sweepable surface :-)
Rice is in abundant supply here, so I didn't have to buy umpteen little bags of rice.
We have a big bin of it, and usually use brown rice anyway, so this was a PERFECT
project using things we had on hand and it was a big hit!
I looked at the clock a couple times and realized that both Carolina and Bryce entertained themselves
at this bin of rice for over an hour.
In fact, they were quickly joined by Sue, and later I had to let the second shift (Olivia and Clay)
have a turn!
Hooray for colors! Hooray for projects that don't need special planning!
Hooray for a mom with enough energy to enjoy playing with her hoodlums today!
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