I made Rainbow Rice this week which turned out to be incredibly simple to do and had a great end result. I bought some cheap Basmati rice from the supermarket (I'm not sure that Basmati is necessarily the best, but it worked fine). I then gathered together some food colouring, distilled vinegar (rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit is equally effective).
Into a glass jar, I put 1 and a half tablespoons of vinegar, some food colouring and a cup and a half of rice. None of these measurements were exact!
I then gave it a really good shake. Note to self, make sure that lid is properly attached to jar before shaking. Here is The Boy giving it a good shake!
The I put the rice into a baking tray for drying. This happens to be a Jamie Oliver enamel one, but you can just as easily just line a metal tray with foil. I then put it into the oven for about 20 minutes at 150c to dry it out.
After it was dry and cool, I put it into a plastic box....
...with some plastic cups....
....and let the kids at it!
We soon decided that the plastic cups were not enough and I collected some of the play cutlery that we have - much more fun for scooping and scraping.
It kept the children entertained for a significant amount of time!
It was a definite success. I am going to make more with different colours and I will also put it in a bigger box with more room! I really enjoyed just playing with it myself, very therapeutic!