Rice Bottle

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Many of you know about my obsession with coloring rice. Love the colors, love the texture, love the sensory experience for my boys. What I don’t love, however, is rice everywhere in our home including the bottom of our feet. I work really, really hard to let go of control and embrace the mess but this mantra is one I must repeat not daily but hourly. Read this post for more musings on that topic. Let’s be honest the mess is nothing a vacuum cleaner can’t clean up. So, deep breath, and embrace the mess. Your child will benefit, especially if you can get him to help pick up the mess. That is certainly a goal in our home.

My recent rice coloring experience involved creating beautiful and vibrant orange rice. I didn’t use vinegar, by the way, and used food coloring GEL instead of the liquid. This approach worked really, really well. I colored the rice to begin an October sensory bin. I was so excited, however, that I left the rice in a tub along with some insect critters, tongs and cups for my boys to feel the joy.

As I watched my two year old feel, pour and…ah-hem…throw rice, I was torn. I miss the summer already where messes stay, for the most part, outside. My son sat in the tub, he put his sticky bare feet in the tub and squealed, “Mama, I’m feeling on my feet!” How could I take this experience away from him? Well, I won’t take it away from him but in order to have a bit of rest for mama, we can alter, or shall we say “contain”, the experience a bit.

I went searching in my pantry for a container. Voila! I found a lemonade pitcher with a cap that was the perfect size. I poured in the beautiful rice, added a few critters and played with the pitcher myself. I watched the rice pouring up and down the sides of the pitcher and the critters disappear and appear again.


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I am not advocating taking away sensory bins filled with rice but if you need a break try a “rice bottle” instead of an open bin. The break will go a long way for you and your little ones.

Interested in purchasing a rice bottle? Email me at marnie at carrotsareorange dot com.

Thanks for reading,

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  1. Heidi Indahl says:

    Lots of great ways to do this with recycled bottles and popcorn kernels, rice, water/oil, glitter/water, beads.  Even just something like ribbons that is very quiet.

    Thanks for posting- the orange rice is very seasonable and festive.  I might have to make some now!





  2. Great ideas for coloring rice and adding it to a sensory bin … and for taking a break from the mess! I thought this just had to be added to my sensory tub Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/any-season-sensory-tubs/

  3. brandi fleming says:

    If you don’t mind sharing, how did you do about using the gel coloring? I have a ton because I mostly use coloring when I’m making birthday cakes. Thanks!

  4. brandi fleming says:

    that do should obviously be a go…sorry… perfectionist tendencies :)

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