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DIY Corner: Rice And Coloured Ice

Team StoryWeavers|March 16, 2021| 6

ice and rice

In our earlier post, we discussed sensory play and how to set up sensory bins for young children. Today, we will talk about how to introduce sensory play to young children through an activity that involves coloured ice & rice. It teaches children about colour mixing and it rhymes too! 

Let’s go!

Here Are A Few Things You Will Need

  • Uncooked Rice
  • Basic Food Colours: Yellow, Red, and Blue. 
  • 3 Small Containers
  • Water
  • Tub or a tray

How To Make Coloured Ice Cubes

  • First, put an equal amount of water in three containers
  • After that, drop a few drops of colour in each container
  • Then, close the lid of these containers and shake them. 
  • Later, when the colours are thoroughly mixed, pour the coloured water into the ice cube moulds
  • In the end, put the ice cube moulds in the refrigerator to set

Let’s Play!

Requirements: Coloured ice cubes, Uncooked rice, Tray

Parental Involvement: High 


  • Divide the uncooked rice into multiple small batches on the tray. 
  • Encourage the child to pick up an ice cube and place it on the uncooked rice. 
  • Ask the child what happened? (The water and the rice changed colour.)
  • Repeat the same with the remaining coloured ice cubes. 
  • Then, ask the child to pick two different colours and put them together on a tray with uncooked rice. 
  • Ask questions such as what is happening, what do you think will happen next, can you name the colours, etc? 
  • Do this till all the ice cubes melt. 

Tip: More colours would make it more interesting. You can also make coloured rice and compare the differences between coloured ice and coloured rice. 

This sensory bin activity teaches the child about observation, comparison, eye-hand coordination, cause and effect, and concentration. These are important skills that every child should master. 

Are you excited to try this out at home? Do you think your little one will enjoy this activity? Let us know in the comments below or drop a note at [email protected]

About the Author

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Mekhala Joshi

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She’s the only ‘Mekhala’ she knows, and she takes a bit of pride in that. She is a quintessential introvert. Mekhala loves tea but cannot make a good cup of tea and often ends up having coffee. She claims that she takes all adjectives as compliments unless specified otherwise. Mekhala is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grade 2 & 3, as a part of Teach For India Fellowship. And has worked as an independent consultant for a couple of years.

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April 18, 2021

Please make blog on how to make a study time table

Vaidehi Singh

April 11, 2021

So much fun very interesting


April 8, 2021

Yes it was fun kids liked it


April 8, 2021

Yes very interesting


April 6, 2021


Saaniga Sunilkumar

April 5, 2021

yes it is interesting, and will tryout.


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