The Best Easter Activity – Coloring Eggs With Rice

Last Updated on March 19, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Once you try coloring eggs with rice for Easter, you’ll never do it any other way. These rice-dyed Easter eggs are adorable and all you need is food coloring, rice, and eggs! 

Coloring Eggs With Rice 

We tried coloring eggs with rice this year and it was so fun! I’ll admit, I’m not always the mom who does cute DIY projects with her kids, but when they take this almost no effort and look this cute? I can’t resist! 

cardboard green box with speckled colored eggs

I’ve been looking for activities to do alongside decorating my Easter Bunny Cupcakes and doing our Easter Scavenger Hunt.

I thought about adding egg-dyeing to the agenda, but I’ve been nervous it’ll be too messy and complicated. 

But coloring Easter eggs with rice was so much easier than I thought it would be, and we ended up with the most adorable little eggs!

My kids had a blast and I think it’s going to be the perfect addition to our party! 

speckled colored eggs with a dish full of rice

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How to Color Easter Eggs With Rice

Did I mention that you only need 3 simple ingredients?! Welcome to your new favorite Easter activity, coloring eggs with rice!

Ingredients

ingredients for coloring eggs with rice
  • 12 Hard-boiled eggs
  • Rice
  • Food coloring

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How to Color Easter Eggs With Rice

multi colored rice and eggs on a counter and in a basket

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To dye your eggs, start by filling a plastic cup about ½ full with rice.
  • Grab your choice of food coloring and add enough to get your desired color. It should take about 15-20 drops. 
  • Take another plastic cup and place it right over the top of the rice-filled cup. Shake the cups until the rice is completely covered in the food coloring. If you have little ones, you could do this step in a sealed plastic bag to keep it mess-free.
  • Immediately after adding the color to the rice, pour the colored rice into a resealable bag and add one egg.
  • Seal the bag and shake it to watch your egg get colored! 
  • When the egg is colored to your liking, remove it from the bag and allow it to dry on a drying rack. 
  • Repeat with the remaining eggs!
process shot for coloring eggs with rice

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • I always use standard liquid food coloring when dyeing Easter eggs. I always think that it’s easier to work with and makes the eggs more vibrant. You can use gel food coloring if that’s what you have, but you might have to work a little hard to get it distributed into the rice.
  • The amount of food coloring that you will need really depends on how bright you want your eggs to be. You might find that you need to add more or less coloring as you shake the eggs.
  • If you are using the same rice for several eggs, you’ll probably need to add more food coloring after a while to keep the rice coated completely.

Storage

After coloring eggs with rice, you can store them just like you would an uncolored egg! 

Just keep them in your fridge until you’re ready to eat. They should last about a week. And since they have a shell you won’t need to seal them, but I usually do so the egg smell doesn’t get into everything else in my fridge!

What is the Best Way to Hard Boil Eggs?

I’ve tried plenty of ways to hard boil an egg, and I stand by my steaming method! I’ve mastered my technique and I’m telling you this is the very best technique.  

I have a whole post on Hard Boiled Eggs that will walk you through the directions so you’ll be ready for dyeing. Just pop your eggs in the fridge when you’re done and let them chill before you color them!

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Coloring Eggs With Rice

overheard shot of coloring eggs with rice

Once you try coloring eggs with rice for Easter, you’ll never do it any other way. These rice-dyed Easter eggs are adorable and all you need is food coloring, rice, and eggs! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Hard-boiled eggs
  • Rice
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  1. To dye your eggs, start by filling a plastic cup about ½ full with rice.
  2. Grab your choice of food coloring and add enough to get your desired color. It should take about 15-20 drops. 
  3. Take another plastic cup and place it right over the top of the rice-filled cup. Shake the cups until the rice is completely covered in the food coloring. If you have little ones, you could do this step in a sealed plastic bag to keep it mess-free.
  4. Immediately after adding the color to the rice, pour the colored rice into a resealable bag and add one egg.
  5. Seal the bag and shake it to watch your egg get colored! 
  6. When the egg is colored to your liking, remove it from the bag and allow it to dry on a drying rack. 
  7. Repeat with the remaining eggs!

9 thoughts on “The Best Easter Activity – Coloring Eggs With Rice”

  1. I saw this idea one year but never did it. Definitely doing it this year with my granddaughter. She already loves playing in rice. So, I’m sure coloring Easter eggs with rice will be a hit!

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  2. Another fun and creative way to dye the egg. I haven’t tried steaming thw eggs. I always boil them so sometimes they crack. Steaming might be a great alternative.

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