We’ve all seen those fun sensory bins with the multi-colored rice or pasta. And they look so fun, but who really wants to spend $50 for a bag of colored rice? (That’s how much it was last time I looked on Amazon). So after looking through several recipes on Pinterest, I combined what I liked about those and made a recipe works best for us. Here’s how to dye taste-safe sensory materials:
What you need:
- Sensory material (rice or pasta works well)
- White vinegar
- Food coloring
- Zip lock bags
- Baking sheet
- Paper towels
Now here’s what you do:
- Divide materials into plastic bags (1 bag for each color). I usually put about 1 cup of each material into the bag. Also, this is a great part for littles to help with. My big girl loved scooping the materials with her hands and transfering them to the bags.
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons Vinegar to each bag along with 10-20 drops of food coloring, depending on how dark you want the color.
- Zip up bags and shake. This is another good step for little helpers. Shake until sensory material is well coated.
- Lay paper towels out on baking sheet, then spread your sensory material out on the paper towels.
- Allow to dry about 3-4 hours.
- Transfer to sensory bin or storage container. I found that pasta may stick a little to the paper towel, but can easily be picked off. However rice came off no problem.
7. Finally have fun with your new colorful sensory bin!