R is for rice in preschool

The children were exploring the letter “R” by gluing rice on the red letter…

By gluing on the rice, the children are able to draw the connection of the sound of the letter “R” to something familiar, something they will remember, and something they can feel…

The “R” shape was precut for the children so they could focus on the gluing experience and the texture experience…

Rice is such a fun medium to explore…

See how to make colorful rice here!

By |2011-02-17T02:38:22+00:00February 17th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. shar February 17, 2011 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Loved the colored rice too. I am going to make shakers with the children soon and I usually use rice to fill some. Coloured rice in clear plastic ‘shaker’ bottles would be great!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 17, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Yes – shaker bottles is a terrific idea!

  2. Little Wonders' Days February 17, 2011 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Great idea! We should try this one and do your colored rice recipe. I noticed you used capital letters. I’d love to hear your thoughts on introducing lower and capital letters.

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 17, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

      I think you want to introduce both the capital and lower case letters to young children. You can do that through a variety of ways from making sure you print children’s name in upper and lower case to providing a print rich environment. This activity is just one of many we use to introduce letters whether it be in the capital form or lower case form. Does this answer your question?

      • Little Wonders' Days February 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Yes, thanks Deborah. I’ve used mostly lower case, but will make more of an effort to bring in upper case letters. You’ve given some great examples to do that.

      • Deborah J. Stewart February 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

        You are welcome:)

  3. Amy A February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    We just made the rice shakers with the colored rice… Still working on what to use inside to make them more like rain sticks. They turned out great with the colors though! http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-would-you-do-with-it-wednesday_16.html

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 18, 2011 at 12:37 am - Reply

      That’s awesome! Perhaps some beans would work well!

  4. KM February 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I really would love to find the time to make some VIBRANT colorful rice!! I think I might like to play with it as much as the kids!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      I love all the colors you can make – I hope you can find the time!

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