One of the activities that has been a big hit is the rice table. She loves colored rice and will spend hours sitting and scooping, burying different toys and digging them out.
We had put our rice table away after creating our Fall themed Rice (our whole family got sick around the holidays so we never got to make Christmas colors), so she was excited to take it back out and make a Valentine's Day theme.
Step 1: Coloring the Rice
If you haven't colored rice before, here are the ingredients you will need:
- food coloring
- food storage bags
- rubbing alcohol (or you can use vinegar)
- storage container
- cookie sheets
- tin foil or wax paper
Coloring rice is pretty easy. I measured about 4 cups of rice in a ziplock bag. Then I added 1 tbs of rubbing alcohol (you can use vinegar but I heard that this dries quicker), 4 drops of red, and about 8 drops of yellow food coloring and sealed the bag. (I've seen people use Kool-Aid too but I am afraid of attracting little bugs and/or ants)
The Attic Baby loves helping; her favorite part is shaking the bag and watching the color spread.
Once we had the shade of reddish pink I wanted, I poured the rice onto cookie sheets covered with tin foil to dry. It took about an hour.
Step 2: Arrange Your Rice Table
I mixed some white rice in with the pinkish red in our water table. We added some funnels, scoopers, and a water bottle that we already had.
Though it's a pretty simple project, it provides hours of fun for my preschooler!
How do you keep your little one busy during these long winter months?