Monday, April 30, 2012

School Time: Rainbows Concluded

This past week we finished up our Rainbow unit. This is the unit I wanted to start right after St. Patrick's Day. That didn't happen because of the baby being in the hospital and then we concentrated on Resurrection Sunday. The girls have really been enjoying our Rainbow unit. And I have been amazed at all the foods I have been able to serve them focused on rainbows. Last week I shared about our Rainbow Muffin Tin and Rainbow Pancakes. Then for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen we made Rainbow Fruit Pizza. This week we had:
Rainbow Spaghetti
(I found this on Pinterest. It was shared on Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Just cook your spaghetti, drain and rinse, and toss with some olive oil to prevent sticking. I completely missed that last step. Could be a reason why mine didn't turn out as nice as hers. Then separate into 6 bowls, put several drops of food coloring in each bowl, stir. Form rainbow. The one problem I noticed was by the time I had it all set up it had gotten cold. Oh, yeah, I added shredded mozzarella cheese for a cloud. The Texas toast is just because we wanted it.

Then I came up with this brilliant idea of making a Rainbow Salad. 
First I placed a bed of romaine lettuce leaves.
Then I made the rainbow:
Red grape tomato slices
Orange mini carrot slivers
Yellow raw corn off the cob
Green sliced avocado
Blue blueberries 
I couldn't think of anything for purple. Today my son suggested beets or pickled eggs.
And I used cauliflower for a cloud and ranch dressing for the other cloud.

Then I added a 1/4 of a bagel (I did a 1/4 so it would be an arc shape) 
and chicken to round out the meal.

And, yes, I even made myself a plate:

It was actually pretty well received. 

And then we made rainbow stew. No, this is not edible. I found this idea on under Family Crafts.

Materials Needed:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 4 cups water
  • Food Coloring
Mix together all of the ingredients in a sauce pan. Stir constantly and heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool.

(for anyone who was around for Wordless Wednesday you may remember the above picture.)

Divide the mixture into three bowls. Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl. Put approximately three tablespoon of each color into a zip-lock bag. Seal the bag and tape the top closed.

Knead the baggie to mix colors just enough to look like a rainbow. Lay bag down on a hard surface and gently press to flatten it. You can hang it in your window when finished. You can also just play with it and see wht happens to all of the colors!

One small note. If you want to have all the colors of the rainbow you need to put some of the red next to the blue or you only end up with 5 colors. 

Oh, my, I almost forgot to mention the other activity we did. We used food coloring to color ice cubes the three primary colors.

We then set the timer to see how solid they would be in one hour. Unfortunately, they were more solid than I expected after that short time. I was going to put toothpicks in them to help hold them for a later project, but after just one hour the top was completely solid. I could still stick my finger in if I pushed hard enough and the children could see it was still liquid inside, but it was too hard for a toothpick.

So, fast forward a couple of days...we decided to have fun mixing colors.
I put about 1/2 inch of hot tap water in the tub.

Then they chose two different color ice cubes to place in the water. First choice was blue and red.

Yes, blue and red makes purple. Of course, they already know that, but it was fun nonetheless.

We did this for each color combination. I just dumped the water and added fresh each time, along with rinsing the spoons.  I asked what color they wanted to make and which two colors we needed. 

And the baby sat by watching. 

I thought it would be cute for baby Harold to take a turn stirring.  What did he have the audacity to do??
He spit up in the water!!

The girls didn't like that very much. Of course, Hannah thought she would try to play with it. Fortunately we were done.

 And isn't it convenient, that the only time I got to take the girls to Story Time this year (because of the baby we haven't gone) they were playing with the colorful parachute.

We read some more great Rainbow books. I love the Rookie Read-About Science books. This one by Allan Fowler is a great introduction to rainbows.
All the Colors of the Rainbow (Rookie Read-About Science)
It did a great job explaining how sunlight looks white and yet is made up of colors. And Tabitha is able to read them!

Then we read a fun picture book by Don Freeman (he is the author of Corduroy).
A Rainbow of My Own(4 Paperback and 1 CD) (Picture Puffins)
When a little boy sees a rainbow and tries to catch it, it suddenly isn't there. He then imagines a rainbow of his very own following him and playing with him. When the sun comes out his imaginary rainbow disappears as well, but he has a surprise at home. His very own real rainbow in his room. You have to read the book to find out how.

And we also reread Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry that I shared about last week.
While Tabitha, Amelia, Harold and I read the above books, Hannah sat on the floor "reading" 
A Rainbow All Around Me

Planting a Rainbow

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  1. JDaniel would love your cooking projects! You have such fun at your house.

  2. I've been out for a while. Congratulations for your new baby;) Love the mixing activity

  3. You had a lot of fun with rainbow theme! Thanks for joining WMCIR.

  4. Wow, you did some awesome things with your theme! I hope that I can be as creative for my kid(s).

    I'd love it if you'd like to link up to my Teaching Time for Toddlers post!

  5. That lunch looks so yummy! I need to make one for myself, LOL.


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