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.
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???
DAYS LIKE THIS, FULL OF LEARNING AND PLAY, TAKE US
“SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW”!
WHAT TAKES YOU THERE?
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. :)