Neon Rice

Sensory bins on their own make for hours of fun, but when it glows, they go to the next level. For this project, all you need is some rice, glowing neon paint and a black light. After all our colors were ready for play, we switched on a black light, making for an extra magical playtime. Our favorite part was mixing all of the colors together. It went from lines of color to a sea of glowing rice that streamed through our fingers. And even though rice is tasty, remember that this rice is only for play, not for eating!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Start by creating some colorful rice.In a ziplock bag, add 1 cup of rice, 2 tsp of paint and 1 tsp of water. Close the bag and shake it until it's mixed well.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Spread the rice on a tray and let it dry for a few minutes. Make the play more colorful by making other batches with different colors of neon paint.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once it is dry, turn on the blacklight and have fun! 

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Warning

    Do not eat glow rice.

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