My girls love their new rice garden. I put this together for my 20 month old, but my 4 year old loves it just as much! They played with it for over an hour! This was a simple project, just a little time consuming to color all the rice. If I’d had more than two baking sheets, it would have gone faster. Also, I had no idea how much rice I needed, so I ended up going back to the store for more. I ended up with 20 pounds of rice (8 cups each color for 6 colors).
1.) I used 20 pounds of white long-grain rice!!!
2.) Food coloring
3.) Rubbing alcohol
4.) Ziploc bags
5.) Parchment paper
6.) Baking sheets
7.) Large plastic storage bin.
8.) Toys for the garden
1.) Measure 8 cups of rice for the first color and pour into a gallon size ziploc bag.
2.) Add as much food coloring as your heart desires.
3.) Add 5 T. rubbing alcohol.
4.) Shake up the rice until evenly colored. If you don’t like the color, adjust by adding more food coloring.
5.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
6.) Pour colored rice into baking sheet.
7.) Let rice dry. It dries very fast outside on a sunny warm day!
8.) Repeat for each color. Save time by using as many baking sheets as you have!
9.) Pour dry rice into the plastic bin, creating a rainbow.
10.) Add toys.
11.) Take a quick picture before your kids destroy the pretty rainbow.
12.) Let the kids play.
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Substitutions: The project suggests to use liquid water colors. I don’t have any liquid water colors, so I used good ole food dye. It worked out just fine. Also, I used 8 cups of rice per color instead of 4 cups. I decreased the amount of rubbing alcohol to 5 T. per 8 cups vs the 3T for 4 cups. The project also says to use 2T of food coloring. That would be way too much using the dye that I used. Maybe the 2T was suggested for the liquid water colors.