Cinnamon Scented Fall Coloured Rice

There are many ways to dye rice. Depending on the ingredients you use, the method of how to dye rice could be a different.

You could either make this with gel food colouring or liquid food colouring, vinegar or rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer, and you could either shake it in a jar or shake it in a bag.

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Since I wanted the rice to smell like cinnamon, I used hand sanitizer since the smell of vinegar is really strong and would overpower the smell of cinnamon.

how to make coloured rice

I find that using liquid food colourto dye rice is so much easier than using gel. With liquid food colouring, it mixes really nicely with hand sanitizer. With gel, I had to stick a chopstick in the mason jar to break up the globs of gel and mix it with the hand sanitizer. Since gel food colouring is all we had, that’s what we used.

how to make coloured rice

Once the food colouring and hand sanitizer is all mixed up, put your rice in the mason jar and sprinkle on a good amount of cinnamon. Then it’s time to shake, shake, shake! We did so much shaking, we even made up a shaking song!

how to make coloured rice

After the first batch, the little girl got tired of shaking so she passed me her role. She then directed me to shake this way and that way with our little song.

‘Shake it to the right, shake it to the right.
Shake it to the left, shake it to the left.
Shake it up high, shake it up high.
Shake it down low, shake it down low.
Shake it that way, that way, that way, that way…’

She got me shaking the jar of rice all over the house.

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After a whole lot of shaking, we finally have some beautifully fall coloured rice that is inspired by one of Elle’s favourite story book, Grumpy Bird. I found out recently a lot of kids love this book. They think it’s hilarious that a bird could be grumpy.

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What You Need To Make Coloured Rice

  • white rice
  • food colouring
  • hand sanitizer
  • cinnamon powder

How To Dye Rice

  1. In a jar, put in a few drops or a glob of food colouring.
  2. Add a few pumps of hand sanitizer (about 1 tablespoon).
  3. If you’re using gel food colouring, stick a chopstick in the jar and mix the 2 ingredients together.
  4. Add a few cups of rice. We put in enough to fill the jar 3/4 of the way so there’ll be room for shaking.
  5. Sprinkle on cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon).
  6. Cover with a lid and shake.
  7. Shake until the rice is evenly dyed and the food colouring that was at the bottom of the jar disappears.
  8. Dump the coloured rice onto a cookie sheet. Spread it out so it can dry.
  9. Repeat with other colours.

After you’ve dyed a few colours, use your colored rice to make sensory bins for your kids.

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Mara Rubinoff Shapiro -

that’s pretty neat. You could use it as natural air freshener too, right?

Daniela Duriavig -

What a great idea! You’re lucky you had such a great helper 🙂

Jackie Currie -

Well aren’t you smart adding the cinnamon! That must smell great. And you’re right – the vinegar would have totally over powered the spice. We love our coloured rice here, but we’ve never done the fall colours. They look so pretty. Oh, and we sing a “shaky” song when we make ours too!

Mariel Sunday Wangsgard -

This is great, Amy! My little kids would love this!

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