Thursday, January 26, 2012

* Valentine's Day Themed Sensory Rice Box With Scented Pink Rice

"C" and I were inspired by all of the cute 
Pink (her favorite color) and Red Valentine Displays
at Target this week and decided we should make a 
Valentine-themed sensory box!

We made a quick batch of pink rice
I used Gel Food Coloring for the first time and the color is fantastic!
I am a convert. 
We also used Rubbing Alcohol instead of our usual hand sanitizer gel method
and it blended the colors really nicely and dried more quickly. 
(We used one big bag of white rice from Walmart for this box)

I also added a few drops of Lavender essential oil this time
and the rice smells wonderful,
it also makes your hands smell nice after you've been playing in it!

For this batch we used (1) 5lb. bag of white long grain rice.
I put it in a big mixing bowl and squeezed in a drizzle of red gel food coloring.
Then, I tossed in a little bit of rubbing alcohol, 
probably a capful or two. 
Then we stirred it up with a big mixing spoon.
Keep adding bits of food coloring and a little alcohol 
(to distribute it and make it soak into the rice)
until you have the color you want. 

NOTE: As you stir and the color "develops" it will get a bit darker and richer
so if you're going for lighter colors take your time and give it a minute
before you add more color!

You can also dye uncooked pasta/noodles this same way for other projects.

We added three clear heart boxes from the Dollar Spot at Target,
they're fun to use as boxes to sort into-
they'll be great for our light table too!

We also picked up some smaller pink and red mini heart boxes 
and pink heart shaped "gems" all from Target Dollar spot.
So for $4, we got all of these fun new goodies for our box.

"C" made me boxes of valentine candy all afternoon. 

I also added our mini metal mail box from last Valentine's day,
a set of red measuring spoons from our kitchen (Dollar Tree)
a red funnel, and an ice cream scoop. 

See those cute little paper hearts? 
Those are from little toothpick toppers, the kind that come with 
co-ordinating cupcake liners. 
We picked them up at Dollar Tree last week. 
We use them to make lunches and snacks "fancy" 
After we eat with them, I snap off the tops 
(without any pokey or sharp parts sticking out)
and toss them into our sensory boxes. 

I almost forgot, they had this cute silicone heart pan in the 
Dollar Spot at Target too!  (So I guess I spend $5)
Fun for counting and sorting heart gems and little toothpick toppers. 

"C" playing with her Valentine box in the playroom,
waiting for big sister to get home from school and join in the fun! 

Happy Valentine Play! 

Pink and Green Mama

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