A lot of people use food coloring to color rice and pasta, but food coloring can get expensive . So I experimented with kool-aid packets and it worked great along with being very inexpensive. Plus you have more colors to work with.
Rice uncooked we used about 3-4 cups
vinegar 1/3 cup (I feel the vinegar is safer than the rubbing alcohol if the kids put it in their mouth, which is bound to happen with little ones)
How to make: I add 2-3 cups of water, kool-aid packet and vinegar in a bowl. Stir for couple min. then let it sit for about 1/2 hour to get the color to set. Then I drain and let it sit over night on a cookie sheet to dry.
It's nice to cause this is a project the kids can help with and teach numbers with measuring.
Colored rice is fun to use for art, sensory play and pretend play as well.
Make sure you check out all the other fun things you can do with Kool-aid.
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