coloured rice recipe

Homemade Coloured Rice Recipe

This coloured rice recipe is so easy to make and fun for you and your kidlets!

We were over playing at our friends house this past weekend and this super mom had a very brightly coloured rice sensory bin! I thought it would be a fun idea to try during these rainy days. Let me tell you, my kids loved it! It was definitely a messy activity but the EzPz mat with it’s edge helped keep some on the table, and I mean some – ha!

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Coloured Rice Recipe
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Homemade Coloured Rice

This easy to make coloured rice recipe is great for fine-motor skill development. Note: Make sure to supervise children at all times as the rice is for sure a possible choking hazard.

Course coloured rice
Cuisine colored rice
Keyword toddler sensory bin
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 portions
Author Melissa Debra


  • 2 cups rice
  • 10 drops food colouring per 1/2 cup of rice
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar per 1/2 cup of rice


  1. Separate 1/2 cup of rice into plastic baggies OR another container with a tight-locking lid.

  2. Add 10 drops of food colouring along with the vinegar into each ziploc or plastic container.

  3. Stir or mix until the rice has absorbed the colours.

  4. Have fun!

Recipe Video

I thought it would be fun to combine the coloured rice with our play-dough recipe! I also added in some word-work (because I like to squeeze in literacy as often as I can). Overall, these activities were a hit and I highly recommend them!

Thanks to J for her super fun idea!

Homemade Play-dough

11 thoughts on “Homemade Coloured Rice Recipe”

  1. The vinegar makes it smell so bad it deters the fun away from the potential. I saw after already making this that a lot of other rainbow rice how to’s just says add water. Is there a specific reason why we use vinegar for this?

    1. Hi there! I tried using just water before but I found that the colour didn’t stay as bright. I also noticed that the sweat from little fingers can sometimes remove the colour. The vinegar smell definitely fades once the rice has been exposed to air.

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