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 consumption....as 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!!