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Montessori Activities: Sensory Rice Play


Prep time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Estimated Cost: All home-based objects

Mess level: High

What you need

  • Rice

  • Food coloring

  • Vinegar


  • Measure rice into a container with a lid.

  • Add white vinegar to the rice.

  • Add as much food coloring as desired (deeper color= more food coloring).

  • Cover the container and SHAKE the rice vigorously for a minute or two. ...

  • Spread the colored rice on a paper towel or a tray in even layer to dry.

If you are looking for ideas on sensory sets you can request my Sensory DIY Resource pack

How to play with it:

  • Hide small toys in the rice

  • Walk over/on the rice to feel the texture

  • Transferring the rice to small containers

  • Making rice rain

  • Pouring rice through a funnel

  • Creating sensory sets


For toddlers and preschoolers, along with stimulating the tactile sense (touch), sensory rice also helps them work on fine motor control as the uncooked rice is very small. They can pick up with their hands or use tools to scoop. resource


To minimize mess invest in a tuff tray, on top of a large sheet or outside. The rice has a tendency of going everywhere :)

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