Multi sensory scented rainbow rice is such a wonderful invitation to play ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 It smells divine, looks beautiful, is really tactile and fun to run your hands through and it even makes interesting sounds when you pour and shake it.
The best thing is that’s it’s so cheap and easy to make. All you need is some rice, food colouring (or paint) and some herbs, spices or baking essences for the scent.
For the scents we used ground cinnimon, ground ginger, lemon juice with grated rind, fresh rosemary, peppermint essence and dried lavender buds. But you can use any combination of fresh or dried herbs, spices or cooking essences you can think off.
Simply add one teaspoon of food colouring and 4 tablespoons of water into a bowl. Add the rice and stir until the rice is well coated with the colouring.
You could also use paint instead of food colouring, both work equally well. Next all you need to do is add a tablespoon or two of whichever spice, herb or essence you wish to use for the scent. Then simply spread the rice out on a tray to dry for a few hours.
We made a rainbow of different colours and scents. But you can make as many or as few as you like. How about mixing the rice up to make pretty and environmentaly friendly confetti to sprinkle or use in arts and crafts as decoration.
You can also use the rice in sensory trays, mud kitchens or even as part of a small world set up. Like this lovely peppermint scented ocean themed invitation to play we made.
It also makes great seasonal set ups, you just need to pick the colours and scents to match the season. We used the cinnimon and ginger scented red and orange rice in our Autumn tray.
My children loved playing with the rice. They spent hours pouring, scooping, digging, filling, mixing, stirring and pretend playing.
When you have finished playing you can simply scoop or sweep the rice up and pop it in a tub to keep and play with another day.
If you enjoyed this you might like to try making:
Or rainbow ice building blocks