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Up until about 7 years ago, I had no idea rainbows had an order. I don't remember that lesson in elementary school so I drew them, all willy nilly, including colors like pink or heaven forbid, turquoise. I came from a family of artists so I knew about color combinations but for some reason, I never applied it to rainbows.
So now I know, my kids know (well, my 5 year old is learning, the order that is), and we have happy, normal rainbows. And we can create them in many different ways. One easy way involves only play dough, a sheet of paper with a simple rainbow drawn on it, and a sheet protector (see picture below). That's it! Of course you need play dough in the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (or violet for you artist types) but that's easy enough to make or even buy if you so choose.
Want to make your own play dough? Here is my quick, go-to recipe from The Imagination Tree:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1.5 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons cream of tarter (optional but it does make for smoother dough)
- Coloring (gel colors or liquid water colors are most vibrant but regular food coloring works as well)
- Scents and Glitter are fun and optional
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead dough until it's no longer sticky. It will be very hot so be cautious. If the dough is sticky add a little flour as you knead until it reaches desired play dough texture.
What kind of rainbows have you been creating lately?