Merry Christmas!!! My students had a blast with this 2-part activity last week. We spread this across two days because I see my kids for direct instruction only 15 minutes per day. On the first day, we made the rice.
I found this recipe on Growing a Jeweled Rose. She has photos to show the steps for the activity, so I just printed out her exact blog entry for my kids to follow along with (it was a few days before break and I didn't have the
patience time to make anything else!). Anyways, it is a simple activity, so it was easy for my kids to follow along with the photos!
Basically, we just added food coloring, peppermint extract, and a few drops of water to rice in a big ziploc baggie. Then the kids got to squish and shake to their little hearts' content. Each group of 2 kids made their own baggie of red or green.
I let the baggies sit open for a couple hours to dry…and by the end of the day, we were able to combine them into a big plastic tub. I was a little worried it wouldn't smell very minty, but it turned out to smell pretty good...I even caught one of my students with his entire head in this plastic tub smelling the rice! haha.