January 19, 2013 by empraise
Our activity for the weekend: Rainbow rice! I’m calling it Arroz de Colores 🙂 It’s super easy and relatively inexpensive (though unfortunately it cost about 3x here compared to in the US…why is rice so expensive in a country that grows rice??)
I bought a bunch of rice. Working in batches (6 cups each batch) I dyed the rice by putting 6 cups in a ziploc bag and adding about 4 Tbsp rubbing alcohol and 20 drops of food coloring.
Then SHAKE IT!!! This would be a really fun activity to let an older child help with. I did it while Little Man was sleeping.
Once you have the color as you like it, pour into a large pan to let dry. Repeat as many times as you want, with as many colors as you like. I let the rice dry overnight, just to be sure it was completely dry.
We especially liked burying small items: un pepinillo plástico, un coche, etc.
Please forgive my Saturday Morning Hair in this picture! We put a sheet down to catch most of it. I tried for a little bit to get him to keep the rice a dentro but realized I was being a total buzzkill. So, I’ll reuse what I can from the sheet and vacuum the rest up.
New Vocabulary for me:
Cavar: To dig, scoop out
Enterrar: To bury (Though I think ocultar may be a better translation meaning to hide/conceal/cover)
Rastrillar: To rake
Remover: Stir, dig, rake over
Pala: shovel, spade, scoop
Tina: tub, vat
Now…to go clean it up!