Colored rice is a cheap manipulative for learning experiences. You can make a ton at a time, and it just needs to dry for a day or two before you are ready to go. It stores easily in zip-lock bags, and can be color-coordinated. Let's get started!
How to Color RiceTo make colored rice you'll need: Ziplock bags, food coloring, rubbing alcohol, uncooked white rice, and paper towels or newspaper for drying the rice.
Don't forget your little helpers! Here's my littlest helper with a cheesy smile...
Pour each bag onto a paper-towel lined pan and let dry for a day or two.
Store the rice in Zip-lock bags until you are ready to use them. Easy peasy!
If you'd like to use the rice to make Shake it Up, you'll need: a dry water bottle with cap, colored rice, and the words or letters you are going to have the kiddos search for. I also include a tag reminding them what they are looking for. If you want a copy of the words I used, see the link at the bottom of the post.
I like to include a few little beads and erasers for added interest...
Add these to the bottle with the words. Cut a corner of your zip lock bag to easily add the rice.
Add the tag, and Shake It Up!
If you want a copy of the Shake It Up! game, it is included in the free preview for one of my literacy intervention sets, Consonant Digraphs. Do you use colored rice in your classroom or homeschooling learning experiences?