We had some leftover salt-dough from a project we had tried (and failed at) so I gave it to her with some flour and a cookie sheet. Although it kept her busy for over an hour, I had quite a time cleaning up the mess. I think there are still remnants of flour and salt dough in her booster seat. At our last play date, I was telling Daycare Mom about my love-hate relationship with the salt-dough idea. Loving that it kept her busy, but hating the mess. Daycare Mom suggested that I use rice instead. What a genius idea! Why didn't I think of that? So that night after the girls were in bed the Captain and I made colored rice.
It is cheap, easy to make and The Big One loved it!
Here's what you need:
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Here's what you do:
1. Mix 2 teaspoons alcohol with 10 drops of food coloring in a plastic baggie. (For purple we mixed 5 drops blue with 5 drops red and for orange we mixed 5 drops yellow with 5 drops red)
2. Add one cup of white rice. Seal the bag and shake it until the rice is completely coated with color.
3. Spread the colored rice out on a paper towel. We spread our rice on paper plates covered with a paper towel, but you could use a cutting board, cookie sheet, plate- whatever you have. The paper towel keeps the food coloring from staining whatever you are using.
4. Let it dry. It took about 2 hours for our rice to dry completely. Then we mixed it all together in a large rectangular container.
I gave the Big One some measuring cups and spoons to fill and pour. She also enjoyed burying her smaller figurines. The possibilities are endless and clean-up is a snap!