How to Dye Rice

How to Dye Rice

Hey guys! I’m dropping a quick post for you all on how to dye rice. Rice play is one of them great sensory materials and just plain old fun. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. So here we go!

What you need:

  • Some baggies
  • Food coloring (liquid not gel)
  • Rice


  1. Pour about one cup of rice in a baggie
  2. Add food coloring (5-7 drops)
  3. Seal and shake until rice is evenly coated
  4. Your choice here is to leave it in the biggie over night to dry or lay it out on wax paper or a cookie sheet to dry overnight. Either way has worked just fine for me. I prefer the baggie method, because it’s easier for me to pour it in the bins in colored rows.

Alright now, now you’ve just dyed yourself some rice. Congratulations!


How to dye rice

Thanks to Alicia at Learning2Walk for pointing out that I didn’t have the basic dyed rice instructions on here.There here now.

9 Responses to How to Dye Rice

  1. This is so cool! I have always wanted to know how to do this and for some reason, didn’t think it was this easy! Definitely going to have to try! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Tiffiny says:

    I’ve been thinking of doing an activity that would need dyed rice. Pinning for later. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Katy Blevins says:

    Such a simple way to make an already fun activity even better!

  4. Heather says:

    We will have to try this! Looks like fun for the kids (and me too!) actually. Thanks for stopping by today to share on our Facebook page. Enjoy your week!
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  5. bre pea. says:

    I’ve always wanted to know how to do this, thanks for sharing! (ps thanks, too, for linking up with The Collective!)
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  6. Haven’t tried to dye rice yet but definitely want to!
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  7. Lady Lilith says:

    Looks like a great sensory idea. I love how it is both physically and vidually pleasing.
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  8. swapna says:

    I hate food colouring! And tempera paint is worse – as they keep rubbing off on hands and clothes long after it dries! The best method I’ve seen from my vast experience (almost a career in rice colouring – hahaha!) is acrylic paints! They spread easily- dry well and the food stays safe from ants / insects too. Once painted with acrylic- beans & rice would stay well for a year!

    Have you tried acrylics?

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  9. Heather H says:

    I never knew it was so easy! And I read somewhere that shaving cream takes food dye off hands. I haven’t tried it yet though. Thanks for sharing this with Everything Kids 🙂
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