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Sensory Activities for Kids : Tropical Fruits sensory rice recipe

Sensory Activities for Kids : Tropical Fruits sensory rice recipe
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Sensory Activities for Kids : Tropical Fruits sensory rice recipe

Bring the tropical fruits home with this scented, fruity sensory rice recipe.

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Summer is almost there and it’s time for all-day play time to begin! One of our kids’ favorite activities are sensory activities. This time last summer we were incesantly talking about our upcming summer vacation to Hawaii. It has been an year and the children talk about it! So I presented them with a fun new sensory activity with all the scents from hawaii- Tropical fruits sesory bin pretty much Aloha spirit in a box.

We recently made our mango playdough and this sensory acvitity would possibly be an extensioj of it. Bring in all the fruits not just mango and make a giant bin out of it

We have here mango rice, coconut rice, watermelon rice and pine apple rice nicely presented because mom here just loved the rice just as much as the kids. So when the kids are away at preschool mom does this !
tropical fruits play rice

My trip to the dollar store made me go crazy with the tropical party supplies. I picked up so many goodies from there – coconut drink containers, mini shot glasses for scooping, pouring and making concoctions, our plumeria hair clips, drink stirrers, shovels and cute straws.

sensory play supplies

The colors and scents of the rice were out of this world! The props just complimented the rice beautifully.

Tropical Fruits play time

I can’t get over how cute this coconut shell drink container is.

sensory play rice for kids

The plumerias scattered around gave it a very tropical feeling is the scents were not enough!

sensory activities with tropical scents

Apart from the mini glasses, I placed a shovel just for my 3 year old who loves scooping and making “milk shakes”

Play with sensory rice

Well the trees and birds stirrers were perfect background for the sensory bin.

sensory rice with fruit rice

And there they are! The first thing they did ofcourse were to mix all the rice to make tropical punch rice

Sensory Rice play with tropical scents

Many drinks were made. ( tiny umbrellas would have made the drinks even more festive!)

making pretend shakes with sensory rice

Party platters were created.

Party in a box sensory play ideas with sensory rice

Competing party platters I must add.

sensory activities for kids party with island theme

Special watermelon mango drink from the 3 year old.

aloha themed sensory play

I can’t decice which was more prettier? The mixed up tropical punch rice or the individually laid out rice. Obviously playtime means MIXING!

sensory activities for kids with fruity scented rice

Hope you all make this yummy sensory rice and enjoy this fun sensory activity with your kids.

Tropical fruits sensory play ideas

Recipe for tropical fruits sensory rice

Watermelon Rice, Mango Rice, Pineapple Rice and Coconut Rice

Materials ( affiliate product links to materials used below)

I used up 3 small bags of plain white rice from the dollar store for the 4 scents. We did mango, pineapple, coconut and watermelon.

Use half a bag of rice and transfer the contents into a large plastic baggie (Ziploc)

Watermelon Rice

I squirted liquid Kool-Aid  (product link above in the materials section)into the bag along with 2 table spoons of red liquid watercolor for a more intense colors and shook the bag until all the rice was colored. You can also use Watermelon Jello (product link above in the materials section)

Mango Rice

I used the same drink mix we used for our mango playdough recipe. You can also use Mango Kool-Aid or Mango JELLO mix.  (product link above in the materials section)

I used 2 envelopes of the mango drink mix to scent the rice. I also added 2 tablespoons of yellow liquid watercolor. Our mango drink mix gave us an uncharacteristically orange color so adding the liquid watercolor gave us a better color. It was fine because we wanted it to be a bit different than the pineapple yellow.

Pineapple Rice:

For this I used pineapple Jello (product link above in the materials section) to scent the rice. This one is tricky since going overboard with the gelatin powder will result in a very sticky rice! Follow the tips and tricks by Fun-A-Day on their scented rice post.

Coconut Rice

For this fragrant rice, I added unsweetened coconut flakes from the grocery store to plain white rice. To make the white a more intense white, I added squirts of white icing (product link above in the materials section)

After you make all the baggies of colored rice, lay them all out in cookie sheets of flat trays to let them dry. Line the cookie sheet with wax paper so that the rice doesn’t stick.

I microwaved the rice for 30 seconds on dinner plates and was able to use the rice right away. The best way to do it is to let it dry overnight for the best experience with easy, dry, scoopable rice.

For a basic tutotial or dying rice or dying anything visit Fun At Home with Kids for their colored rice tutorial.

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  1. What a great way to get scented rice. I will be trying this as we love rice play over here. Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to make this for my tots


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