Have you tried Pinterest?
It happens to be my new favorite
Aside from the million calorie dessert recipes and that-is-so-me quotes, I have also found some great activities for the kids.
This is a very good thing because I have ZERO creativity. Give me directions and I can follow them. Ask me to think up my own craft and we will be coloring in coloring books all day.
So determined to find some activities that my teen and my little ones would enjoy, I decided to attempt rainbow rice.
This cute idea, originally from Share and Remember seemed like a great sensory activity for my oldest with autism* and a neat alternative to the sand/water/mud table that my two and three year-olds love.
place all ingredients far away from the “dumper” of the group set out all ingredients:
Large ziploc bags, food coloring, rubbing alcohol, uncooked white rice
Second fill each bag with 4 cups of uncooked rice, 2 T food coloring and 3 T rubbing alcohol.
Seal the bag and give to children who are
now climbing on the counter waiting patiently.
Create a song called Shake Your Rice Out and sing to the tune of Shake Your Sillies Out but do not get distracted and miss someone unzipping their zipper bag.
turn on the their favorite television show so your children will not see what you are doing and dye their hands with food coloring transfer the contents of each bag on to separate cookie sheets and set out to dry.
The rice should absorb the color and alcohol within an hour if you are able to set it in the sun. Arrange the rice in a bin and
keep your children from touching your creation so you can take a picture before they ruin it let the kids play.
And if your children are anything like mine, this will happen after
10 seconds a full hour of playing without fighting….
So there you go, my first documented Pinterest project. I
would love for you to “pin” it hope that you liked it!
*Notes on making this autism-friendly: Making this and playing with it was a great sensory activity but if your child with autism has a sensitive nose like mine, make sure you do not mix the alcohol, food coloring and rice when he or she is near. Ashlyn had to leave the room until her bag was sealed and the smell was gone (oops!). Also, I made her a separate container and didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of it before she snatched it and wandered the yard while running her hands through it. Definitely make a hand-held batch if your autism kiddo is old enough not to dump it everywhere.
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