Coloured Rice Sensory Play – Stars

Coloured Rice Sensory Play – Stars

A few months ago I did this coloured rice activity and it was a great hit with the Robot as I still have lots of coloured rice kicking about I figured I would give it another go.  Not only is it fun for him I get a bit of enjoyment from creating the picture in the first place.

I learnt last time that its best to organise this activity during nap time so you have time to create without your little poking at your “art” work.   Roll out sausages of play doh and create the shape that you want to make.  We chose stars this time because the Robot seems to like stars at the moment.  I’m always a fan of working with things that he is interested in as he seems to enjoy them more.

Once you have your play dough shape then pour your coloured rice into the shape.   Here is my creation.

Create a Simple toddler friendly Playdough Coloured rice sensory play activity for your kid. We've picked stars for this project but any shape will do.

Let’s see how we got on

Waking the Robot from up from his nap when there is an Invitation to Play downstairs for him is my favourite thing to do.  He gets so excited when there is something different to play with.   When there is a tuff spot involved even more so.

We got downstairs and he saw the tuff spot and went “stars”, let’s consider that some re-inforced learning.

Now previously the Robot has gone straight in and messed up the rice with one giant sweep of the hand so it surprised me today when he went in cautiously.

Robot Approach Star

It always brings a smile to my face when he is being careful, he came round and sat next to the stars and started to pick up the grains of rice with his hands and place them in the conveniently shaped star containers.

Create a Simple toddler friendly Playdough Coloured rice sensory play activity for your kid. We've picked stars for this project but any shape will do.

The time it normally takes to trash projects like this is about half an hour from finish to end.  This kept the Robot busy longer this time and it definitely gives me encouragement to try more things like this going forward.  Once he finished filling the stars he then did transferring from one container to another.

Create a Simple toddler friendly Playdough Coloured rice sensory play activity for your kid. We've picked stars for this project but any shape will do.

At this stage I put my camera away and got involved a bit… Don’t get me wrong it’s nice to sit back with a cuppa and watch them play but it’s also nice to join in.  I also think it helps a bit too, it keeps him engaged if he’s got his best play mate with him!

A little while later after a bit of bashing, mixing, stirring and general messing we came to this:

Create a Simple toddler friendly Playdough Coloured rice sensory play activity for your kid. We've picked stars for this project but any shape will do.

Let’s have a look at all the senses that we used;

SIGHT – Did you not see the Stars!?   It’s very colourful and appealing.
SOUND – The noise of the rice when you tip it out
TOUCH – The rice is quite tactile
TASTE – Not so much any more, he used to eat it.
SMELL – Maybe not this time!

Tidying up is easy.   We managed to save most of the rice in a jiffy bag and as the play dough was moved I slowly pulled it away and removed the rice off it for next time.  The rice that ended on the carpet we just hoovered up.  It’s really simple.

I really do love this kind of sensory play because it’s not as messy as slime and coloured rice just looks pretty.  I’d love to try out different materials but I am not a fan of food waste so while we have the rice in action I will keep re-using it.  After all it’s very multicolored now.

Have you got any ideas what my next shape could be?  Should I just follow the Robots lead and create shapes he talks about.  He adores trains but I think that is a bit beyond me!!

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30 Comments

  1. Its something easy to try and involve them in this fun activity. Thanks for the tip because almost every time I setup for the activity, my Toddler wants to join in and it makes it difficult. Moreover, the joy is less. I will happily try this trick and setup while he is asleep. Colored rice is looking good and if food colors are added, they are harmless too. I must try Car as he loves them
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  2. I used the colored rice when I was potty training my oldest. He had a ton of fun playing with it, and kept him in one spot so I could keep a close eye on him! I finally threw it away two years later. It was just so pretty!

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