Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rainbow Rice


It's Summer and I am feeling delusional, y'all.

Summer optimism's got me feeling like I can do all kinds of things.
Things like starting a new blog, working extra hours at summer camp, finally cleaning out my fridge, actually cooking a real dinner for my family, washing AND folding and putting away all of the laundry, organizing my school supplies into neatly labeled boxes, reading a zillion books, and doing loads of school crafting. There's more on my list, but you get the point.

I will most certainly live to regret this crazy summer ambition when August rolls around and I have a million incomplete projects sitting on my dining room table, but for now, I'm pushing ahead with my delusions of grandeur.

This year, I will transition from teaching a Senior Kindergarten class to a Junior Kindergarten class. Junior Kindergarten at my school is a full day 4-year-old Preschool class designed to prepare students for Kindergarten.

In anticipation of my upcoming adventure, I've pinned approximately one million pins into my Sensory Play Board on Pinterest.
I may have a problem.
I can't stop the pinning. Can't stop.
If you don't believe me, check it out.

This week, I decided to quit pinning and start doing (even if I do it wrong).
First project: making a batch or 10 of Rainbow Rice.

Ready for the good news?
You can't do it wrong.
Really.

Here's what I gathered for the project:
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Food Coloring (basic and neon)
  • Long Grain Rice (uncooked in bags)

Additional Items (not pictured):
  • Gallon Sized Zip-Lock Bags
  • Plates
  • Parchment Paper

The Easy Peasy Directions:

Pour 2 cups of rice into a Zip-Lock Bag

If you're a Smarty Pants, you'll measure 1 teaspoon of your choice of food coloring before pouring it into the bag of rice. If you are like me, you'll just squeeze a bunch of drops in until it looks like this:

 
Measure (or don't) 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and pour that into the bag with the food coloring and rice and seal the bag closed. Be sure to release all the air from the bag before sealing it.

Get a super cute helper to squeeze the bag until the color is completely blended into the rice. If, while you are squeezing, you notice that the color doesn't appear to be as saturated as you were hoping, just add more food coloring and rubbing alcohol.

It will be OK. I promise.

 
Place a sheet of parchment paper over a plate and let the rice air dry for a few hours. Make sure that the parchment paper hangs over the plates just a little bit.


When the rice is dry to the touch, you are ready to pour it back into your zip lock bag for storage.

Grab three of the corners of the parchment paper and make them meet in the middle to form a funnel. This will make it much easier to pour without spilling the rice everywhere.


 And there you go.

 
So nice and easy and soooo pretty!

Stop by later and I'll show you all the fun ways we use Rainbow Rice in our classroom. I can't wait!