Papa Frog is working late tonight, so I thought I would get a sensory activity for the younger Froglets started. One of our favorites is sensory rice. I decided tonight to not only color it, but to scent it as well. Mr. Boy decided to help as well, and we ended up with Ninja Turtle colored rice- Green, Yellow, Red, Purple and Blue. It was scented as follows: Green- Peppermint, Yellow- Lemon, Red- Grapefruit, Purple- Lavender, and Blue was Peace and Calming. The process is super easy and uses vinegar instead of rubbing alcohol.
What you need:
1 c. rice per color
a drab of gel food coloring or 10 drops of liquid food coloring
1-3 drops of essential oil
1/2 t. vinegar
First I measured out my rice, one color at a time.
You can see the food coloring. I scooped it out with the end of a fork and dropped it in the rice. Then I sprinkled the vinegar over top, capped the jar and shook vigorously until it started to show color.
This is the point where I added the essential oil. This was the Peppermint oil and I used 2 drops.
A little more shaking and the color was nice and vibrant and mixed through.
I put the rice in a 9×13 glass pan to dry.
The smell of these oils when you swish through the rice is amazing!
Mr. Boy was my helper tonight