Building on the success of our coloured pasta, I thought we’d try the same thing, but with rice. I only made a small amount the first time round to test it and makes sure it worked and I am so thrilled with the result. It looks so good, we think, anyway.
So, the process is simple: mix rice, a little white vinegar and a few drops of food colouring, the more you use the darker the colour will be. And don’t use too much vinegar – you don’t want your rice to go soggy.
Mix it well, then leave it to dry. Once dried, you should have deep and rich colours that are non-toxic to your child.
Don’t they just look so bright and inviting?
Then, mix it all together and you have this gorgeous looking mix of coloured rice, perfect for:
- sensory play – Just run your fingers through it. It’s rather addictive!
- sorting into colours – It is a colour learning exercise, after all.
- fine motor skill development – Try using tweezers or chop sticks… or even little fingers.
- simply playing and having fun – Sit back and watch!
- arts and crafts – Glueing this on to pictures could be great fun too. Try a colour by numbers glueing experiment!
What have you done with coloured rice? Can you think of fun games to play?
Continuing on our current theme of colours, and learning colours, we decided to make a ‘book of colours. This took a little bit of ‘setting up’ on my part, but it wasn’t too hard.
- First I had to make a ‘book’. You could use a ready made one.
- Then I had to prepare each page, which I simply did by writing the names of the colours in the right colours on each page. (Children learn lower case letters first, if I recall, so I wrote it all in lower case).
- I cut loads of pictures of different colours from magazines. Ours are a bit dull as we’re not magazine subscribers, apart from one natural parenting oriented magazine, Juno, which doesn’t really have masses of pictures and I don’t want to cut up, so we just used catalogues that come through the door and pile up in the recycling.) You could print pictures, but this seems a waste of resources to me.
- Our first colour was red so I found all the red crayons, pencils, markers, and pens (and a paint, which hubby vetoed at the last minute!) and laid them all out, ready for use.
- Daddy sat with Ameli and for about an hour, they drew and coloured and pasted together, using and repeating the name of the colour red a myriad of times. They dug through all the cut out pictures looking for red pictures, and glued them, and coloured around them. (Daddy doing most of the drawing, of course!)
- And over a number of days, we’ve introduced a new colour each day, and repeated the process. (Not consecutive days though – we’ve been alternating the Book of Colours with other colour based games too as we don’t want it to seem like a chore!)
Aside from being a good indoor activity, a great way to stay entertained, and a fun thing to do together, it’s made a vast difference to Ameli’s recognition of colours.
For other colour book ideas, check out these then amalgamate the ideas to suit your own needs!
I think Ameli’s a pretty smart girl, and she’s been quick off the mark with everything including crawling, walking and talking. She’s been counting for more than six months, and has been able to recognise and identify numbers since well before 20 months of age, which I think is pretty good. Colours, however, seem to have her flummoxed. She recognises them, and knows them, but can’t always identify them or remember them, and she does confuse them.
I decided it was time to do something about it, and make use of the plethora of resources I have saved up all over the place to try help us a little with learning colours. Problem is, I have no idea where I originally saw this particular idea, or whether it’s an amalgamation of many others? (It strikes me as a Montessori-style activity though?) Anyway… here’s what we did for our first try:Read more: Learning Colours – Using Pompoms And Cups