We created our Edible Rainbow Tuff Spot using just two ingredients – bread and food colouring. That was it! If you substituted our paper made clouds with white marshmallows then the whole Tuff Spot could be eaten – although you would be incredibly full afterwards. Our rainbow was was straight forward to set up and lasted ages – despite Adam nibbling continuously throughout the activity.
How to make an Edible Rainbow Tuff Spot
* Two loaves of white bread – we used supermarket value range
* A toaster
* A food processor
* Water – we used 15ml of water for each colour
* Wilton Food Colouring
* Black Tuff Spot Tray
* White paper for the clouds
* Scoops, coloured bowls, black pot
I slightly toasted six slices of bread and placed them in a food processor. Once I had bread crumbs I added 15ml of water and a very small amount of Wilton Food Colouring. The food processor combined the colouring and the bread crumbs. I poured the dyed bread crumbs onto a baking tray and left them to dry for a while. I repeated the process until I ended up with six colours.
Once the bread crumbs had dried I made an outline of a rainbow on our Black Tuff Spot Tray . Now came the tricky part – placing the dyed bread crumbs onto the Tuff Spot. This was only tricky because Adam was desperate to play with it immediately. I would advise you to set up the activity when your child isn’t in the room! To complete our rainbow I cut out two clouds from white paper.
The dyed bread felt wonderful and smelt amazing. Our house smelt of toast! I gave Adam a variety of tools, scoops, coloured bowls and a black pot for the gold at the end of the rainbow. Adam thoroughly enjoyed scooping up handfuls of the rainbow bread and placing it into the pot.
Adam managed to place the coloured bread into the correct coloured bowl. He discovered that if he got a handful of breadcrumbs and squeezed the bread crumbs would stay together. He could then crumble the bread into the pot.If you wish to contain the mess, simply place a shower curtain underneath the Tuff Spot – or do the activity outside.
After a long time playing with the Edible Rainbow Tuff Spot Adam realised he could make his own rainbow shape with his hand. I was extremely surprised when Adam started to walk over the bread crumbs and spent ages trying to bury his feet in the bread.
Our Edible Rainbow Tuff Spot was certainly a big hit!
Adam was 2 years 9 months old.
Emma is an Early Years Teacher turned Stay At Home Mum. After discovering a love for Tuff Spots within the classroom, Emma is keen to show other parents how to play with a Tuff Spot at home. She is passionate about easy to make play activities using resources found around the home. Emma can be found blogging about the play activities of her son over on Adventures of Adam.