Frugal Kid Crafts: Rainbow Rice

by Mackenzie on February 25, 2013

rainbow-riceEach week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a craft that is fun and frugal. With St. Patrick’s Day sneaking up quick, she will be focusing on easy St Patricks Day crafts for the next month! If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Easy St Patricks Day Crafts-How To Make Rainbow Rice


  • Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Plastic Bags or Disposable Container
  • Uncooked Rice (Amount depends on how much you want. I used 2 cups per color)


  1. Measure out 2-4 cups of rice and place in bag or container. I did 2 cups and added 6 drops of food coloring and 3 drops of vinegar.
  2. Shake the bag/container until the rice has been colored to your liking. Don’t be afraid to add more coloring and even more vinegar if the color isn’t what you want.
  3. Dump bag onto cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Allow to air dry overnight.
  4. Continue process with all colors.
  5. Note – some recipes called for alcohol and you can use this in place of vinegar but Sharon chose vinegar in case the boys put some of the rice in their mouth. It turned out great!

rainbow-riceEducational Activities:

Science: Obviously this activity lends itself to discuss rainbow and how they are formed and the colors you find in them.

Language Arts:

  1. Have your child create a story (you can write while they talk if they aren’t old enough) about a leprechaun finding a rainbow. Encourage them to add as many details as possible (where the rainbow was located, how he searched for it, what was the treasure at the end of it, etc).
  2. Read the book The Night Before St. Patrick’s Dayand talk about St. Patrick’s Day and summarize the book. Pay close attention to pictures in the book and see how many rainbows you can spot!

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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