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How to paint rice for games and crafts 

Turn usual grain into a rainbow! Step-by-step master class on how to properly color rice with food dyes and ideas for using colored rice in sensory games and children’s art: applications, crafts, dry painting.

How to dye rice at home

If you want to get multi-colored cereals for sensory boxes, creativity and educational games, it is recommended to take long-grain white rice, it is harder and stronger.

We suggest three methods of coloring:

Coloring rice with food dyes. As a result, painted grains have a smooth surface and a rich bright color that does not tarnish over time.

Painting rice with gouache. As a result, the croup turns out to be rough and after active games loses its original color.

Painting with natural dyes. These are spinach juice, beets, turmeric, saffron. Naturally colored rice acquires only a light ebb, and making the color brighter is difficult.

For dyeing rice you need:

rice;

dye;

crockery or ziplock package;

gloves;

essential oil (optional).

How to paint

Add a little dye to dry rice (not more than ½ tsp per 1 kg of cereals). The amount of dye will depend on the intensity of the color. Dry the dye previously diluted in a few drops of water. Do not add a lot of liquid: this can lead to swelling of the grits. Liquid and gel formulations (gouache) are not diluted with water. Stir the cereal thoroughly. For this, it is convenient to place the mass in a ziplock bag and shake it well.

If you mix it with a spoon in a bowl, in order to avoid painting of your hands, we recommend doing it with gloves.

After put the colored rice on a  sheet of paper and let it dry for several hours. During this time, the dye is absorbed and will not get dirty hands during the game.

If you want the rainbow mass has a pleasant smell, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil while mixing the ingredients.

Ideas for using colored rice

Colored rice is perfect as a filler for sensory boxes. These games will help the child to expand the tactile experience – kids will be able to touch, pour, explore, dig in, dig, search for toys. Using colored rice in applications and crafts, you diversify the creative process. These useful exercises with cereals contribute to the development of children fine motor skills.  Colored rice can be used to decorate the interior.

Drawing with colored rice

Drawing with colored rice is an interesting technique and wonderful leisure for small children. The surface of the picture of the grits is always obtained in relief.

Drawing with your finger over a layer of rice is the simplest technique of drawing with cereals for kids. Pour a layer of rice on a tray with sides, level it.  Let the kids draw with their fingers.  Drawing patterns develop children’s imagination and fine motor skills.

Drawing with “loose” grains – this technique is similar to drawing with sand.

Drawing with grains on modeling clay: cover the cardboard with a thin layer of it, fill the required parts of the picture with rice. It is possible to decorate the individual elements on the finished plasticine picture with a grain texture.

 

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Today we are talking about flour. Let’s offer our kids to draw on flour. You can use for it our deep sanboxes or simple tray. Let’s put a little bit of flour there. Suggest to draw different figures and patterns. Does it turn out?

Focus your kids on the feeling of touching the flour. Make a palm print. Pay attention to the palm becoming white, explain it.

Describe the features of flour: white, soft, light, pleasant, flowing, loose.

Suggest pouring a little bit of water into it.

Pour water into the flour. Look to the water turns white. What have we got? Dough.play-dough board

It can be surprising, that dough has a variety of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for kids.
It can be both playdough, and dough for pastries. Kids are enjoying squishing, smashing, pushing, pulling, twisting, cutting…Children with great pleasure are connecting to the process of manufacturing cookies. You can roll out the dough, tear it, cut it in molds, make sausages and rolls, make dumplings, cut noodles and make pizza.

If we make salt dough, then this material is perfect not only for creating figures. For example, you can make prints with various objects, use the dough as a material to fasten various parts. For example, the boys are playing at the construction site when the dough played the role of cement.

Let’s sculpt different figures from the dough (play-doh like). Fantasize. Offer your kid to create unknown animals. Modeling helps to develop motor skills. Focus on small details and shapes.

During this play you can learn new animals, shapes and things.

Another interesting material for sensory play at home is starch. It is originally similar to flour’s properties, but even in dry form, it is distinguished by its tactile sensations. However, it is also possible to draw, dig in it, look for pictures and objects. But on dry starch it is much better and noticeable to leave traces, than on the flour, it is interesting to roll cars in it. And then you can clean them with a brush. And if you add a little bit of water to the starch, it will acquire some density, which will bring its properties closer to the lunar sand. You can try to sculpt out of it, make sand cakes, even build something.

Next interesting material for sensory play which you always can find at home is salt, it can not only be added to the dough but also to arrange a number of experiments: dissolve, make crystals, change the density of water. You can also paint with salt like with sand on some dark background – oilcloth or a large sheet of cardboard. It turns out very contrasting pictures that change under the touching of small fingers. However, you can draw the picture with glue and spread salt on it. To make such a picture bright, use liquid paints on the salt, and it becomes colorful.

You can even build with salt if you gently mix a small amount of water into it to make it raw. Here you can use sand molds.

Such play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.