I wanted my first Monday Made It to be a back to Kindergarten project. I always used hair gel sensory bags with my kinders for letter/sound practice back in the day. However, I gave my old set to one of my colleagues last year when I switched to 5th. I decided to have this be my made it for the week. I am trying the rice for the first time too!
I went with the neon dye, but they are a bit more primary when you use only the hair gel.
But, I must admit I tried to blend colors on the sixth bag and ended up with the dreaded blackish brownish bag!! That could be a result of my rapid fire dye squirting! Patience is not always one of my virtues when I craft! ;)
After adding the gel just squish away to blend both ingredients together. I added a piece of clear packing tape to the top so nothing will come oozing out!
Here is a close up of two of my favorites.
Next up we have the rice bags!
To dye the rice, I put a few tablespoons of water, a squirt of dye and a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol into a tupperwrare container. Next, I added about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of rice. For the first batch, I put the cover on and shook the container. The results were not pretty. After that I used a spoon to stir it together. This was a lot faster and way neater too!
Once I created a hue I liked, I drained off the liquid and put it in a bag. However they were way too wet. Since it was so gorgeous out I decided to use the sun! I spread each color on a paper towel (in a very thin layer) and let them sit outside for 10 minutes.
Lastly, they went into the bags and were taped up as well!
I wasn't sure that I was going to like how the rice worked, but I have to say it works well and feels so cool! I think these will be an excellent tool in stations and reading groups this year!
I am headed over to check out Tara's blog to see what everyone else has been up to creating this past week! Click the picture below for a link!