Baby Play (0-2 years),Playful learning (2-5 years)

Exploring colour & texture – sensory play with rice

sensory play with dyed rice

We’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the dyed rice I made a few weeks ago. When I first made it Rosalie kept wanting to eat it so I just put some in a bottle to make a shaker, but when I tried again on Friday she seemed keen to explore the texture.


At first I simply had the box of rice on a tray, but this didn’t really contain the rice fallout. So I dug a large plastic storage box out of the cupboard and sat Rosalie and the box of rice inside that. This did the trick!

Along with the coloured rice, in the box I included a small scoop, a baby fork and a little pot, so that she could scoop and pour. She mostly enjoyed feeling the rice run through her fingers and the sound of the grains against the plastic.

We also talked about the different colours, which she was probably too small to understand or appreciate!

You can read my how-to on dying rice here – it’s really simple! Give it a go!

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    Joanna McCaffrey
    November 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I love how simple this is 🙂 and how you contain the mess!
    #letkidsbekids

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    Vickie Rich
    November 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    LOL I love that you put R in the tub with the rice! I would totally have done the same as I can't bear the thought of having to pick hundreds of rice grains off the floor.

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    Sarah H
    November 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I giggled about your daughter in the tub too! I love rice for texture play so easy to clear up with the hoover! (Love her name by the way x) #letkidsbekids (Sarah H from loving lifewithlittleones)

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    Charlotte
    November 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    We used to love making rainbow rice, such a fun sensory material – and yep, my kids were always in the tub too usually an underbed storage box lol

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks, simple things are so often the best aren't they? x

  • Reply
    Jessica Eliot
    November 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Ha ha, I know, the dustpan got a good workout after the tray failed to work!

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks Sarah 🙂 Funnily enough she didn't seem to mind being put in a plastic box! x

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Brilliant, glad it's not just me! Thanks for stopping by Charlotte x

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    Louisa
    November 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    We love coloured rice. I am quite partial to playing with it myself #leykidsbekids

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I know! It is quite calming running yours fingers through it and you become mesmerised by the colours!

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    Karen Bell
    November 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Lovely idea for some sensory fun and learning and what a great idea to sit her in a box to contain the mess!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Karen, and for hosting 🙂

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