Monday, April 5, 2010

Rice Dying Tutorial

As promised, here is the tutorial on how I chose to dye my rice for our sand/water table. There are several different tutorials out there, but this method suited my purposes (and my quantities) just perfectly! And just being I am so pleased with the end result....another picture of the sand/water table!

First I put about 4-5 pounds of rice in a large bowl. Then I added about 1 cup of water and couple tablespoons of vinegar. Finally, I drizzled food coloring over the bowl of rice and stirred. If you are using "Easter colors," then I recommend starting with about 30 drops of food coloring. Last I dipped the rice out onto baking pans and baked them in the oven on 200 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple hours stirring once in the middle. It worked out perfectly!

Today we turned it from a rice table into a water table (because Jessica kept pouring all of the rice onto the floor...)! Still absolutely darling!

By the way, I added a bit of vinegar to the water to help keep the water from getting gross (as I can't empty it by myself right now in my very pregnant state). I am trying to make sure that everything that goes into the sand/water table is safe for you never know what my child is going to try next!! Sorry I did not get a picture of Jessica playing in the water table; however, as I am sure you can imagine, she was completely soaked!!! We are going to have a lot of fun this summer!!


  1. How crafty! I bet Jessica is going to have a BALL with this table. Are there two different "inserts" for the sand and water? Or do you have to dump one out and put in another? Either way, terrific job Mom & Dad!

  2. Thanks Audra! There are storage containers (not pictured for rice, sand, etc. so you dump whatever you are not using into the storage container. It dumps quite easily and saves more space than having separate inserts for the table as I never fill it more than half full anyway! I do not store the water. I just drag the hose onto the porch and use the water to water plants when we are done. I meant to pick up some sand at the beach today....but I think I will put that off until someone can go with me....bending over is just not working for me right now! :-)