Day #14 Rainbow Rice Shaker!

sara le roux


by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

As many of you know I operate one of the awesome ‘Creation Station’ franchises here in the (sometimes) sunny South & West Yorkshire region.  Our programme has three terms and each follows an overall theme – this term it is ‘Textures’.

I’m not brave enough to take Boo along with me to my weekly classes – except when my Mum is on hand to closely supervise him.  I know him too well to think that if left to his own devices he would simply sit quietly – and not try to paddle in the water tray, paint his hair blue or some other typical pre-schooler mischief that he gets up to when Mummy is trying to work.  In one of our recent classes we made some fantastic rainbow rice shakers and I thought Boo might enjoy making one too….

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x plastic cups – the disposable ones you use for parties
  • Sellotape or masking tape – to seal your shaker
  • Rainbow rice
  • Additional bits to make the shaker extra noisy and bright – we are using buttons and sequins
  • Crepe paper – entirely optional but we used it to make streamers to tape to the ends of the cups for extra effect.


If you’ve never made rainbow rice before its super simple.   Pour a cup of white rice (not cooked!) into a bowl and add a dessert spoon of white vinegar.  Then add some ready mixed paint and stir, stir, stir until all the rice is covered in paint.  Alternatively you could put the ‘ingredients’ into a sandwich bag or Tupperware box and shake it up until it’s all mixed.  Pour the lovely painty rice onto a flat surface – ideally covered with a baking sheet or grease proof paper – and then let it dry.  It only takes about 30 minutes and then you just need to give it a good stir around to separate any bits of rice that have stuck together.  I made three different colours of rice for my classes and just used up the leftover rice on Boo’s shaker – the painted rice stores really well in a sealed container.


I poured the painted rice into different bowls, along with a bowl of sequins and a bowl of buttons.  I handed over the ‘ingredients’ to Boo and gave him a spoon and one of the plastic cups.  It was really interesting to see the care he took whilst choosing what was going into his shaker.




After he was done choosing his shaker contents I used the masking tape to tape around the two cups so that his shaker was sealed.  We then chose some streamers to decorate his shaker which were fixed using sellotape (lots of tape!).


Ta Dah! Noisy Rainbow Rice Shaker!


Prep Time: 5 minutes (30 minutes if also making rainbow rice)

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Safety Tips: Ensure that you have securely taped the shaker together before you pass it to your little one 🙂

Day #14 DONE! 86 to go!

Sara x


If you loved this activity and want to join our creative classes simply click here to find your local Creation Station.

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