Colored rice is a staple in this homeschooling Mama’s manipulative arsenal.
Montessori transferring activities, craft projects, lessons on color, weight and volume are just a few ideas colored rice can be used in.
I spent an hour last week whipping up new batches to use in our homeschooling this month.
The whole process is cheap and easy. My kinda fun.
I used regular rubbing alcohol. There are other ways using just plain water and even vinegar.
I chose alcohol because the rice dries quicker using this technique.
In a quart sized mason jar (you could also use a baggie) I added 2 teaspoons of the rubbing alcohol and some food coloring. You can use gel coloring or the usual liquid coloring.
You could even go with a more natural approach and use beet puree to produce a nice pink for your rice.
Into that 2 teaspoons of alcohol and coloring, add about 1 cup of rice. Close off your container and shake. Continue shaking until all of your rice is the color you have chosen.
I lined my jelly roll pans with paper towels, and then spread out my colored rice. I left it there until it was dry enough to put into jars.
You can stick with single colors, or mix your food colorings to create specialty colors.
Wonder how I get stuff like this done with a certain Brave Hero on the loose? I bribe one of my older kids to engage Parker in various learning activities.
Or wrassle our Hero to the floor and put a newly learned wrestling move on him.
Whatever works best.
Our colored rice rainbow. Kinda pretty don’t ya think?
What kind of homemade manipulatives do YOU create?
PS:Â If you are interested, I’ll share the activities we do with our colored rice!