/ Kindergarten Activity
AND PRETEND WITH RAINBOW DUST
/ Equipment Needed:
- Optional: Book to read together about color.
- One small jar with
lid per child (baby food jar, small jam jar etc.)
- Prism or crystal to create a rainbow of color in the room from
- Color wheel, if able to borrow
- Paint chips from paint store
- Snack-size plastic food bags, two or
three per child
- Granulated sugar (1/2 cup for each color)
- ½ cup dry measuring
- Food coloring or paint—liquid
or gel (found in baking aisle or craft store)
- Sugar Cookie Dough (or ingredients to make Sugar
- Equipment: baking pans and oven.
- Ask “Where does color come from?” White
light is broken apart into colors - show rainbow from a prism or
goes in, comes out broken into colors our eye sees
- “Do you know what
three colors make up all the other colors?”
They are called primary colors—red, yellow, green. If you mix
them, you will get all the other colors. Adding white or black will
make different shades
or tints. (Show the color wheel or paint chips if available.)
- Read about color from one of the books listed below or
another favorite book.
- Create a rainbow of colors
from primary food colors and sugar. Follow recipe for Rainbow Dust,
allow child to choose several
colors to create. Share the colors to create small “Rainbows
in a Bottle”
- Let’s Make: “Rainbow
- ½ cup
sugar for each color
- Food colors or paint (gel
- Snack sized plastic food bags
- Put sugar in a sealable plastic food bag. Pick a color
from the chart and add the food colors to sugar in bag. Push
out air and seal the bag.
- Squeeze sugar
in bag until it becomes colored. Store sugar in sealed
bag. Makes ½ cup colored sugar.
||Number of Drops of Liquid Food Color
||2 drops yellow and 2 drops red
||4 drops yellow and 1 drop red
||4 drops yellow
||2 drops yellow
||8 drops green
||3 drops yellow and 1 drop green
||5 drops blue
||3 drops blue and 1 drop green
||2 drops blue
||3 drops red and 2 drops blue
||10 drops red
||5 drops red and 1 drop blue
||1 drop red
Gold Medal/General Mills, Rainbow Bakery
Chicago Metallic, Kidz Baking Club
- Make Sugar
Cookie Cut-outs recipe. Cut-out cookies and sprinkle with colors of “Rainbow Dust” and
for Family Fun Exploration:
- What is the favorite color you made?
- What would you call it?
- What colors did you use to make it?
- Where do you see the color you
made in nature?
- Read about light and color
- Discover how white light breaks into
- Explore mixing colors using edible food paints/colors and sugar
what they create
- Create their own Rainbow in a Bottle art for a friend
or family member
- Check out other great sugar and edible craft ideas
- Extra color experiment:
Use one white coffee filter, water soluble green or black marker,
a quarter,a paper cup, water and a plastic cup.
- Lay the coffee filter out flat and draw a circle around
the quarter in the middle of the filter with the green
- Fill the paper cup with water. Set the plastic cup open
side up on the table and stretch the filter over
the mouth of the
- Dip your finger in the water and wet the middle
of the circle a little at a time until the colors
in the green (or
do you see?
- Primary color
- basic colors from which all other colors are made (red,
- Secondary color
- colors made when primary colors are mixed (violet, orange,
for Reading Together:
Book of Color. Laurent de Brunhoff. 1984.
Looks at Colors. Donald Charles. 1975.