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pumpkin spice & orange colored sensory rice Recipe

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I have been wanting to try the colored rice with my son for some time now.  I am so cheap sometimes  that not until I had to put my sons hand held radio in a bag of rice( because he threw it in the tub filled with water) to dry it out did I know we would try colored rice!  When the radio had dried out,  it did work after doing this:-), I set the rice aside until I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Well, this week was the week the idea came to me for pumpkin spice orange colored rice.  Here is the how to on what I did to create orange and pumpkin spice rice.

How to make pumpkin spice & orange colored sensory rice

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What you need:  a few cups of rice( you can use as little or as much rice as you want), food coloring, water, pan ( or a metal or glass bowl), spoon, newspaper, and pumpkin spice.

How to make pumpkin spice & orange colored sensory rice

What to do:  put the rice in the pan.  Then in a small bowl put 5 Tbl of water and mix in food coloring( I have a gel orange food coloring I used and we squeezed about 2-3 drops out).  Add the mixture to the rice.  Now stir until blended.  Add a few sprinkles of pumpkin spice and mix again.  My rice was slightly wet.  I then transferred it to newspaper to dry overnight.

How to make pumpkin spice & orange colored sensory rice

My son got to help me make this and he had fun pouring in the color and mixing it up.

How to make pumpkin spice & orange colored sensory rice

The next morning we had a fun new sensory substance to play with.  Now for the fun part, deciding how we want to play!  Will post back later what we came up with.

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  1. Great idea! Looks like a great sensory experience. Thanks for posting this!

  2. If you do this wirh ribbing alcohol instead of water the color will not come back off on your hands later and it dries in 5 minutes without the rubbing alcohol smell!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I have seen a few different ways to make the colored rice but I chose not to use rubbing alcohol. We have not had any problems with the color coming off on our hands. Will keep it in mind though when we play:-) Jaime@FSPDT

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  4. Oh, how fun!! I just made my first batch of sensory rice and my daughter loves it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  5. I'm a toddler teacher looking for new ideas! Thanks for sharing your ideas....I'm stealing some! :)

  6. I have also colored rice many many times but I have never thought to add a scent to it. Brillant!

  7. I've been wanting to try colored rice, and I love the idea of adding some scent! I'm getting ready to put together a Halloween sensory bin and saw this via Pinterest just in time. I just mixed up a batch and I'm waiting for it to dry. Thanks for sharing!