Rainbow Rice

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3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole Jones
Joining Pinterest has help remind me of some of the fun activities I used to do with my “older generation” of children.  Having only 1, 2 or 3 kids naturally left me with the time to be creative.  Now with 6 kiddos, each day is a delicate balance of scheduling, patience and putting out fires 🙂
Rainbow Rice
So last week, I decided to clear my morning and find something different and creative to do with my little ones.  This rainbow rice was the choice and it was a HUGE success…..and a huge mess, but that’s not the point, right?!?!

In fact, my four year old had so much fun that he flat out refused to go to preschool the next day, so he could stay home and “have fun with Mom.”  I think I need to put more effort and creativity into my time with these younger kids just like I did with their older siblings.

Rainbow Rice
Yes, it does make a big mess, so lay out a blanket for them to dump it on.  It makes for a quick clean up by dumping it back into the container.  Some of it does have to be vacuumed up, but their pure joy is worth the mess.  Every morning, my two year old asks to play with her “ice”.  I think the plan can be labeled a complete success.
Rainbow Rice

The rubbing alcohol does have quite a strong smell, but once it dries, the smell is gone, so don’t be afraid!


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For each rice color

  • 4 C uncooked rice
  • 3 T rubbing alcohol
  • 2 small globs of food color gel, or 2 T liquid food coloring


  1. In a gallon size ziploc bag, combine all three ingredients.  Remove the air and zip close.  Smoosh and mash the bag until the color is evenly distributed.
  2. Pour onto a cookie sheet and allow to dry completely.  It helps drying time to stir it occasionally.
  • Author: Carole

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


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9 years ago

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9 years ago

LOVE this idea and am LITERALLY making it right now! Silly question….rubbing alcohol!? Why is it needed? What does it do?

9 years ago

Howdy Karli! The alcohol helps the rice absorb the color and then makes it so it doesn’t run off on the kids hands. After it dries, it doesn’t smell at all. My batch is over 4 years old and my little two still play with it all the time

9 years ago

Thanks for this great post and idea. I will have my almost 3 yr old grandson for the weekend and I was looking for things to do that didn’t require driving a long time or costing a bundle. Thanks!!

9 years ago

This will be perfect for a three year old little guy Ellen! Enjoy your weekend together 🙂

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