Tuesday, January 31, 2012

rainbow rice

This is such a simple craft/activity you'll wonder why you haven't done this with your children sooner.  I did, anyway!

Things you'll need : 
-rice (I have three boxes shown but I actually only used two, and it made quite a bit!)
-food coloring
-white vinegar
-plastic bags

My little helper, anxious to begin!

In separate bowls mix 2 tablespoons vinegar and 15 drops food coloring of your choice.
I found this to be the perfect amount to make nice, bright colors but the rice I happened to have on hand was brown rice so if you were using white rice you may not need to add as much food coloring.  Set aside.

Separate your rice into the plastic bags, up top I showed the sandwich sized bags but i actually ended up using quart sized freezer bags and found they were much sturdier and the extra room allowed me to mix the rice better.  I added equal amounts of rice to each bag, about 1 1/2 cups, but you don't have worry about being exact.

Add in your vinegar/food color mixture and seal, getting most of the air out (but not all).
I found it better for mixing if some of the air were left in the bag, if you squeeze it all out it takes quite a bit longer.

Now mix/squish/shake the rice until it's all evenly coated.  Turn on some fun music, let the kids get down and shake there little hearts out!

When all the rice is well coated dump it out onto wax paper to dry.

I used a 9" x 13" pan and found it worked great!

Once it's all dry (about an hour or so, depending on how much you did) let your kiddos dig in!


a bit of background

Hi!  My name is Sara and I am so excited to be starting this blog.  I am the proud mother of two beautiful girls, Brooklyn (3) and Whitney (8 weeks), and have been a stay-at-home-mom since November 2008.

I've been wanting to do something like this for a while and right now seems to be the perfect time.  With the birth of Whitney I found that things Brooklyn and I were able to do in previous Winters' aren't as easy to do with a newborn.  We've been mostly inside this Winter (with the exception of an outing here and there with Dad or one of the Grammy's) and it's taken it's toll!  Cabin fever has set in - hence the name of this blog.

Being that I live in Vermont, and have lived here my whole life, I've become accustomed to the cold temperatures and know that the mercury won't be rising anytime soon.  But that doesn't mean I like it.

This blog will have crafts for kids, for mommy's, projects for the home, and what would any blog be without some yummy recipes from time-to-time.  If I love it, it will be on here!