Erupting Rainbows

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Rainbow-Coloured Explosions

We had some experimenting fun today! I put a few drops of food colouring at the bottom of six small plastic cups (a different colour in each cup).  I then added a scoop of baking soda to each cup.  I gave R a squeeze bottle (an empty bottle of sriracha sauce since that’s what I had on hand – or you can use painting bottles that I had used for subsequent activity here) filled with vinegar and she worked her hand muscles as she squeezed the liquid into the cups.  She squealed with delight as the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar caused the food colouring to come bubbling up.  When she emptied the bottle of vinegar, she began mixing the colours together and the bubbling continued on.  She absolutely loved this activity!!

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Rainbow Foam

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Colourful Bubbles

We made a rainbow foam bath for R’s Little People Zoo animals.  I made the foam by blending up two parts of dish soap and one part water.  I added a couple of drops of food colouring to the soapy water before using an electric blender on high to make it into foam.  The longer you blend it, the foamier it becomes.  R had lots of fun swirling the foam around and washing her animals in it.   Continue reading

Iced Rainbows

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Painting with Ice

I added water and food colouring (you can also use liquid water colour to prevent staining) to an ice tray to make rainbow-coloured ice for a painting activity.  I had seen a number of IG moms doing this activity, so I was excited to try it.  R had a lot of fun rubbing the ice onto craft paper and between her fingers.  We practiced the vocabulary word “cold” while doing this activity.  Although food colouring stains fingers, it comes off after just a few washes. Continue reading

Sponged Rainbows

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Making Rainbows

I taped some kraft paper on the ground, handed R a sponge that had rainbow coloured paint stripes on it and let her make some rainbows!  Since I didn’t put paint on the entire length of the sponge, R was able to hold the unpainted section and didn’t get paint all over her hands.  The paint lasted for about 2-3 strokes and then new paint had to be put on again to keep the fun going.  I’d suggest having two sponges with one ready to go while the child plays with the other one, in case the little one gets impatient in between!   Continue reading

Rainbow Marbled Milk Prints

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Activity:

Making Rainbow Paper

R had fun swirling food colouring and oil drops around in milk using a q-tip.  I placed a thin layer of milk (just enough to cover the bottom) in a cake pan. I added drops of food colouring into the water and then added drops of oil into the food colouring drops.  R swirled the colours around. I then placed some water colour paper on top to capture her swirls as a print on paper.  The printing step needs to happen shortly after starting to swirl the colours together so that the food colouring doesn’t dissolve into the water and so that the print comes out quite brightly on the paper.  The oil is used to add the swirling effect you see in our prints! Continue reading