The Flower Mound, Texas occupational therapist and mom dyes uncooked rice with food coloring and places it strategically on a board to create an image. But Teo doesn’t stop there. The real fun comes next. Once the image is finished, Teo tosses the rice into the air to create a colorful cloud of rice.
Already having a background in graphite drawing and freehand sketching, Teo isn’t new to artistic expression. But how does someone get the idea to hurl dyed rice into the air? Teo found inspiration at her job.
“I am an occupational therapist and in my profession, we sometimes make sensory bins for kids. Sensory bins are basically bins filled with some sort of filler (in this case, I use colored rice) and you just add fun trinkets and tools in it to help young kids explore their world through their five senses.”
“Since being home more often this past year, I’ve been making colored rice sensory bins for my two-year-old son and he loves it. One day, I saw people on social media tossing up words and phrases with rice for fun, and I thought it would be fun to try it out as I already had all the materials I needed at home for it!” Teo told In The Know.
Some of Teo’s most popular rice toss-ups include emojis, cartoon characters, and celebrities like Bad Bunny. When it comes to deciding what to make, Teo told In The Know she follows “the 3 Fs in life: food, fun and fellowship.”
“1. Food: I love food and desserts! I’ve tossed up foods like chocolate chip cookies, popcorn, & even bubble tea!”
“2. Fun: I toss up things I love and think are fun! I grew up loving and playing all sports, especially basketball. I am a huge NBA fan!”
“3. Fellowship: When my Dad was alive, he always reminded me to just love and get to know others. This is the best part of it all. People message me on social media from all over the world, and just to know that my art puts a smile on someone’s face makes my day.”
Sounds like a win-win!
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