I came across a quick, fun craft activity in blogland the other day, and as we were pretty much trapped in the house for much of last week, I thought M and I would try it out.
It's so easy, and while I thought the preparation would be messy, it is actually pretty much mess free as long as you supervise!
Rice, any kind
Hand sanitiser, make sure it has alcohol in it
Pour some rice in a bag. Squirt in a bit of the sanitiser. Add a few drops of food colouring. Carefully zip up the bag. Shake and squish the rice so it becomes coated in the sanitiser and food colouring. Pour in to a bowl to dry. (I lined the bowls with paper towel as I wasn't sure if it would stain, but it didn't seem to.) Now make a few more colours!
The colour dries quite quickly. I then set it up outside for M to pour, spoon, funnel, mix and play with. O had a few attempts at overturning every single container so we had to pack up and wait until he was asleep. M loved this activity and it was so easy to do. She can also use the rice to glue on to pictures now too.
Fun, easy activity!