Rainbow “Sand”

I try not to get too theme oriented when planning activities for my little ones, and especially try to steer clear of really holiday driven activities. Instead of planning projects around the cutesy stuff that I find online I try very hard to base what we do on a daily basis around the children’s interests. That being said this week has been devoted to rainbows. I know, it’s all that you see on Pinterest right now with St. Patrick’s Day being this month and whatnot but I promise this is following their interests, a little bit. After our rainbow credit card painting we have been very fascinated with the colors of the rainbow, and which order they appear in the rainbow. Plus I’m kind of in love with my liquid watercolors that I recently bought and the colors just look sooooo enticing when all lined up ROYGBIV style.

We have started our transition to eating clean and that means that I am not using sugar in anything that I make anymore, we’ve substituted honey. We had a full bag of sugar in the cupboard. Of course we should use it for some sensory play! I mixed the sugar in a plastic baggy, about 1.5 cups with a few squirts of liquid watercolors. The colors were vibrant! We lined them in rainbow fashion. I also didn’t tell the kids we were using sugar. They came to the conclusion that it was sand on their own. This worked well because my little sugar monkey would have been pouring the rainbow down his throat if he knew. The “sand” was sticky. It was moldable and looked great even when the colors mixed. The toddlers played in it for a long time. They found out that it was sugar just by pure toddler deduction. When those sticky little fingers went into their mouths, that sand was pretty sweet. They kept my secret though, and only took a few tastes 🙂 .

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