A Conversation About Rainbows {DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 Challenge}

Critters And Crayons is excited to participate in the

DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 Somewhere Over The Rainbow Challenge!

C’Mon Kids.  Let’s read a book about rainbows….

This book is KEWW-ELLLLL, Mom!!!

All the colors are ribbons on each page!

So, show me.  What makes a rainbow, Kids?

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.  

I’m the one with the bow.  You’re the one with the necklace, Mom!

Let’s do an experiment, Kids.

A speriment?


This is a prism, Kids.  It bends light.  It breaks up the light into the colors of the rainbow.  

It bends light?  You’re silly, Mom!  Light doesn’t bend!!!!

Trust me, Kid.  It bends.

What do you see through the prism when you look out the window?


Do you want to make rainbow muffins?


First we need to mix the white cake batter….And then we mix in the colors of the rainbow.   

It looks like paint!  Can I paint with it?

After we put our muffins in the oven!  We need to spoon a layer of each color into the muffin cups and bake it until the fork comes out clean….

Okay, NOW can I paint with it????

YES.  Yes, you may.

 It’s beautiful!  And did you know that when all the colors of the rainbow absorb together in the electromagnetic spectrum that they make white light???!!!



But, Mom!  I thought that when you mixed all the colors together, they turn BROWN??!!!

 Little Girl, you are One. Smart. Cookie.

Mom!  The oven’s beeping.  The rainbow cupcakes are done!!!


Mom, Rainbows are DELICIOUS!!!

 What are we gonna study tomorrow, Mom???!!!!  

I don’t know.  What do you want to study?

Are VOLCANOES as yummy as RAINBOWS???





The “Use Of Obscene Amounts of Food Coloring” Disclaimer:  

Although I am aware of the discussion surrounding the use of food colorings, particularly those involving Red Dyes that have caused many parents and advocates concern about potential allergic reactions in children, carcinogenic properties or  increased hyperactivity in kids, my kids and I “weally, weally, weally” wanted to make these cupcakes.  

We wanted to make them mostly so we could ooh and ahhh over the rainbow stratification just to see if we could do it.  We learned that cake batter with copious amounts of unnatural food coloring makes an excellent glossy paint.  Very little of a single muffin was actually consumed, mostly because we spent most of our time cutting through them to see the layers from varied angles.  

Since making these, we’ve learned that Whole Foods has committed to not use or sell artificial dyes, online companies sell plant-based dyes, and you can even make some of your own  natural dyes.  Good to know for our upcoming Volcano activity.

No child was intentionally harmed in the making of this blog post.  

Although, my carpal tunnel HAS been acting up, mostly because of this very wordy disclaimer.  🙂


41 Responses to A Conversation About Rainbows {DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 Challenge}

  1. They look awesome! I have been debating these cupcakes too – you have me convinced to do it! (My kids will be thrilled!) Plus we are doing rainbows around here after Dr. Seuss so thanks for the fun ideas!

    • Megan- I used muffin tins (the giant muffin tins)- You can use cupcakes and the cake mix will go much further. For the 6 large muffins, we used the entire box of cake batter plus the additional (in the link above)- an extra cup of flour, cup of sugar, 4 egg whites, and a little oil. I wanted strong layers in the cake and felt the larger muffin would allow for that. But, like I said, you can totally do it in a cupcake liner, just maybe use a lot less. I used an ice scoop sized amount of each color for the muffin tins! Good luck! I would love to see yours!!! We’ll post it to the C&C facebook photo album! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  2. I love your post. My daughter wants a rainbow party for her next birthday so it is all rainbow rainbow rainbow here. Great cakes too – my kids only eat the icing!!

  3. Ali, I think a rainbow party would be so fun!!!! I highly recommend making the cupcakes and saving some batter to use as paint!!! I can’t wait to read about your party!

    • Jackie- I think you can find it most Toys R Us or Targets….I think that’s where we got it (one of those places!) I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for the comment!

    • Stasha- Of course you m may- but judging from your son’s competition pic, it looks like we should wait on any more blue food for awhile! haha!

  4. No kidding, I have five boxes of chocolate cake mix in my pantry. Guess that’s not gonna work, is it. Even with obscene amounts of food coloring, which I’m okay with – no disclaimer necessary. You’re a great mom!

    • Oh, Nami- That’s the coolest comment EVER! 🙂 We definitely wanted the muffins to be vibrant to match the colors in our other activities! But, seriously- greatest comment EVER. Thank you!

    • Thank you for reading, Jane- I can’t wait to check your blog out, too. 🙂 I’m glad the disclaimer made you laugh. But seriously, I’m wearing a wrist brace. I look like Robo-Cop. 🙂

    • It is a cute book, Jenna! My daughter is nearly 5 and we’ve read it to her since she was 9 months old- she still enjoys it. 🙂

    • Kelsey, I bet your cake batter would make gorgeous natural,edible paint! Your cake is pretty. I plan to pin it!

    • Thanks, Michelle- I just loved your jacket. I have zero sewing talent! I saw yours and thought it was so clever!

  5. I love prisms – that’s a great pic of the prism rainbow! My kids haven’t been introduced to that yet. Fun experiment. Supercool cupcakes, too. Your disclaimer is too funny. I’ve eaten probably a few gallons of artificial dye in my lifetime. I’ll let you know what happens to me in the end 🙂

    • Chrissy- we got that prism at Hobby Lobby- Santa put it into the stocking as a stuffer for the kids! It’s a good thing to have when the kids are bored. 🙂 You do seem to be doing alright- but we’ll see if you turn blue in the next decade. 🙂

  6. I am so going to try the prism with my children! We have been talking a lot about color around here as well with my toddler just learning about them! This would be so such a great activity! I shared this on FB!

    • I saw that, Aimee! Thank you so much for sharing it! I enjoyed your Sam I Am activity! We’ll have to try that- I frequently reference that book when my kids refuse to eat!

    • Thanks, Terri!!! I never really fave rainbows a chance before this challenge. It is a fun activity theme to work with!

  7. I may have survived eating copious amounts of dyes as a kid, but I might just die of laughter from your food dye disclaimer.

    Okay, I think I survived the laughter, so no worries about a lawsuit from me.

    What a fantastic post, and how awesome that you made the Top 9!!! You rock!

    • Haha! Rebekah- I’m glad it made you laugh. That was the goal. I imagined being impaled on a naturally-colored stake for using all that artificial dye. haha!

  8. Absolutely amazing colors and creations by the kids and you, Tricia. I’m going to become an honorary G— kid, move in, do your laundry, and that will pay for my rent and education/craft supplies!! 😉 You are an AWESOME mom, my friend!

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    • Adele- Thank you for checking out the post! It is a cute book! We’ve had it since our daughter was a baby and she still enjoys it at 5!

    • thank you, melanie!!!! the colors are easier to see if you use large muffin tins instead of cupcakes…. 🙂

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