DIY: Mermaid/Galactic rice for messy play

I will always be a mum who likes to get stuck right into messy play with Theo, and I am always looking for new, creative ideas to keep him entertained. Juggling a full-time job and also finding time to be a cool, fun mum is not without its challenges, particularly when you’re living through a global pandemic. So, I was incredibly excited when a five-minute experiment whilst making a cuppa in between virtual client meetings turned out brilliantly.

To begin with, I spooned uncooked basmati rice into a clean ice cube tray. Quantity doesn’t really matter – use as much or as little as you like!

I bought this multipack of food colouring from Amazon, it arrived the next day and contains 12 small vials of beautiful, vibrant colours.
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I chose to use the pink (it looks more red here, but it was definitely pink!), teal and violet colours. I placed a few droplets of each colour into random sections and used a cocktail stick to thoroughly mix to ensure the rice was evenly covered.

When all of the rice was evenly covered I tipped the contents of the tray into a large mixing bowl and stirred it all together. The results were gorgeous. Mermaid rice, galactical rice – whatever you want to call it. The colours were just gorgeous. I poured the contents of the mixing bowl onto an ovenproof tray and baked at 200c for just 10 minutes to make sure the rice was completely dry to avoid staining.

I love creating little ‘messy play’ trays for Theo. He loves exploring the different measuring tools, transferring between different containers and getting creative with his animals!
I also made ‘mud and rocks’ using cocoa powder and marshmallows. I always ensure our messy play is taste-safe just in case Theo decides to give it a try.
Theo got stuck right in when he came home from Grandma’s house!
And of course he found his way to the cocoa powder – just look at that chocolatey moustache!
He even took off one of his socks and gave his toes a wriggle in the rice. I love to see him exploring and getting creative.

I really hope you’ll enjoy creating your very own mermaid/galactical rice, and if you have any creative messy play ideas to share with me, I’d love to hear from you!

Lou x

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