A December Sensory Box

I’ve posted before on how to color rice and noodles.  It’s a great way to bring color into a child’s sensory experiences.

For Parker’s sensory box in December I’m going to be coloring his rice using a different medium.  I’ll be replacing the alcohol and food coloring with Colorations Liquid Water Colors.

This technique is so easy and it dries quickly too.

I place 2 cups of white rice in a container, squirted in the liquid food coloring, stirred, and after the coloring was distributed I used my hands to sift through the rice so that it would dry quicker.

Told ya it was easy!

You could also put the rice and liquid water colors into a baggie to distribute the color.  But you would still need to put the colored rice into another container to sift through to dry.  It just depends if you want to stir or shake to distribute your color.

The baggie method.

I made three colors of rice.  Red. Green.  Silver.  These are the colors I’m focusing on for December. Here are the colors all mixed together:

Kinda cool, eh?

Now for the pictures of the actual subject of this post:

I’ve got shatter proof ornaments, teeny bows, jingle bells from this year’s yard sale bounty, toy cars, ringing bells and dollar store snowflakes…..but I forgot to add the wooden Santa to the mix.  Drat!  The spice bottle will be used for an ‘in and out’ activity where Parker will be putting the red and green pipe cleaners through the holes.

Any bets on how many rooms through out the house I’ll be finding Christmas colored rice?

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Wow, the spice container and pipe cleaners idea is ingenious!!!!!

  2. Lisa Bailey says:

    Love this! I think I am going to make one for Liam.

  3. I used green rice as the base for our Christmas sensory tub, and I’m still vacuuming rice a week later! :)

    I will have to try the spice bottle and pipe cleaners in the future.

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  4. I was shredding old bills and bank statements and Will (then 4, happens to have DS and complex chd) loved the shredded paper…so I dumped it into a sensory box for him…shredded a few colorful construction type paper too, just to add to fun!

  5. Thanks for sharing another way to color rice … your Christmas sensory box is lovely! I added your link to my 40+ Christmas Sensory Tubs post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/12/17/montessori-monday-40-plus-christmas-sensory-tubs/

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