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A Rainbow of Foods!

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  • Variety of different-colored foods and drinks (see below)


What to do

1. In conjunction with a unit on colors, ask the children to help prepare and cook foods to go with the corresponding color of the day or week.

2. Some examples include:

  • RED  to  fruit punch, strawberry smoothies (strawberries, milk, vanilla ice cream)
  • ORANGE  to  fresh-squeezed orange juice, carrot slices, orange sherbet
  • YELLOW  to  banana milk shakes (bananas, milk, vanilla ice cream), lemonade
  • GREEN  to  lime Jell-O, pistachio pudding (from a mix), green eggs (mix green food coloring into a bit of milk and use it to scramble the eggs)
  • BLUE  to  blueberry muffins (from a mix), sugar cookies with blue icing (white icing and food coloring)
  • PURPLE  to  toast with grape jelly, grape Popsicles


More to do

Serve the Rainbow of Foods for snack or have a Rainbow Picnic on a special day. To involve families, send a note home suggesting that parents and children brainstorm color food ideas to bring in and share with the class.

  • Art: Make playdough to go along with the corresponding color of the day or week. A simple recipe is: 1 cup (125 g) white flour,  1/2  cup (125 g) salt, 1 cup (240 ml) water, 1 tablespoon (15 g) cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil, and food coloring. Mix together all the ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool.


-Suzanne Pearson, Winchester, VA

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 4-Year-Olds
Center: Cooking
Topic: Food
Content: Health & Safety
Area: Language
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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