Recently I did an apple themed round up. When I started looking through my own posts to add, I noticed I really liked apples! Fall just might be my all time favorite time of the year. My mind has already been dreaming of apples and pumpkins for a few weeks now,lol. While daydreaming of apples one afternoon when my mom was over, it just hit me, as most of our activities do, to make a batch of apple scented sensory rice. While she entertained the boys I quickly whipped it up. We tried pumpkin spice rice last year and my oldest loved it! Can’t wait to set this up in a sensory play activity this year for both him and little brother to explore.
Apple Scented Sensory Rice: The How To
I have to mention this real quick before I tell you what I did. A few months ago I found our bag of rice we used for eating opened in the pantry floor. I wondered how it ended up that way. I mentioned to big brother that the rice was open in the floor and he started to smile. I went on to say we can’t eat rice that the bag has been left open on the floor for a few days! He quickly said “well I guess we will have to play in it then mommy”. I think you are following that he must have opened the bag of rice and left it in the floor knowing I would not use it for cooking and he assumed I would let them play in it, lol. One clever little boy. I now leave our cooking rice out of his reach:) I put the rice in a ziploc bag and put away for the day I would use it for them to play.
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What I used:
apple scent (from our apple soap),
bag of rice
gel food coloring like this Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, .75-Ounce, Red
and liquid food coloring- red
What I did: I poured the rice( I have no clue how much sorry) in a bowl. I then got a smaller bowl out and dropped in a lot of gel and liquid food coloring(did I have to use both? Maybe not, but I wanted to make sure it came out red and not pink). I dropped in a little apple scent. I added a little water to this bowl and then poured it over to the rice. I mixed it well. I would not add a lot of water to start with. If you need more then just add a little at a time. You only want enough water to help mix the food coloring around.
Once mixed, I poured it over a tray I had lined with paper towel. I left it here over night to dry. It was probably dry within 5 hours? I just left it until the next morning before I put it back in the ziploc bag it was in before. Now I have a few ideas on how we will put it to use. How will you play with your sensory rice?
How I stored the rice after we played in it.
More post you may like:
30+ Apple Themed Activities
Apple Sensory Bin
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