Rainbow icing
Teach your child how to make icing in the colours of the rainbow by only using the primary colours red, blue and yellow. Then let the decorating begin!

Activity time: 60 minutes and long
Difficulty: ***
Preparation: ***
Cleanup: ****

Bright colours fascinate your child and learning how certain colours combine to make other colours will introduce her to the colour spectrum; one of her first forays into the fascinating world of science. This activity will also encourage her to be creative, and the best part of all is eating up her fabulous creations afterwards! 

You will need:

  • A batch of icing
  • Food colouring in the primary colours: red, yellow and blue
  • A dozen un-iced cupcakes
  • Sprinkles, candy-coated chocolate hearts, cherries, coloured popcorn and edible glitter for decorating.

You can make icing by mixing butter and icing sugar with an electric mixer. Divide this icing into eight equal parts. Leave one of them plain (or white) and colour batches number two, three and four in the primary colours (blue, red and yellow) by using a few drops of food colouring and mixing well. Now use our easy guide   to mix the rest of the colours. Use these as a base for mixing four more colours. Ask your toddler to mix the yellow and red to make orange; the red and blue to make purple; the blue and yellow to make green and the yellow, red and blue to make a greyish brown icing.

Let your toddler decorate the cupcakes with the multi-coloured icing and other colourful items.
During this activity, give your child a lesson on the rainbow and the colour spectrum. Teach her about primary and secondary colours when she mixes the different colours together. You can also repeat the lesson by getting her to do the same exercise with paint.

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