Taste a rainbow!

17 03 2010

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrating Ireland and the color green! To celebrate, many people will go to parades or wear the color green. Some places like Chicago might do something extra special, like dye the city’s river green.  Look!

The Chicago River for St. Patrick's Day.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is associated with leprechauns, and they like rainbows, here are some cool cupcakes that let you taste a rainbow!

Rainbow Cupcakes


1 box white cake mix and the ingredients needed to make it
Food coloring (gel food coloring works best)
Baking cups
5 cereal-sized bowls
5 spoons


1. Make your cake mix as directed on the box. Divide it equally among the 5 bowls.

2. Carefully make your colors in each bowl.

Red: 18 drops
Orange: 12 yellow drops, 4 red drops
Yellow: 12 drops
Green: 12 drops
Blue: 12 drops

3. Put your baking cups in a cupcake pan. With a spoon, put your first layer of the rainbow. I started with blue. It should be less than a tablespoon, just enough batter to cover the bottom of the cup. When you finish the first layer, keep moving on to the next, and so on. Make sure you cover as much of the previous layer with the new layer as you can. Don’t put too much batter in the baking liners, you only want them to be about 2/3 full.

4. Once you’ve done all 5 layers, bake the cupcakes as directed on the box.

5. Remove the cupcakes when done and let cool. Make sure someone helps you when using the oven. You just made rainbows you can taste! Serve the cupcakes alone, with icing, or with whipped cream.

When I made my first batch I put them in a special pan so they would look like little cakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Mathematical Holiday Decorations

11 12 2009

These decorations are so easy to make! They make great holiday flare for Hanukkah or Christmas. All you need is colored paper, a ruler, scissors, and a stapler.

First, cut some colored paper into 1 inch strips. You will need 7 strips of paper. Then use a ruler to measure and cut the strips. You should end up with:

– two 12 inch strips

– two 10 inch strips

– two 8 inch strips

– one 6 inch strip

Stack the strips of paper in this order: 12-inch, 10-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch. It’s a measurement sandwich!

Now, staple one end of the stack. Next, gather the other ends of the strips together and staple them. You can tie a string around the top if you want to hang it up.

Celebrating el Dia de los Muertos!

31 10 2009

Happy Halloween from the Museum! I hope you are all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating!

Halloween is a pretty famous holiday in America, but did you know there’s another big holiday just about to happen?

A lot of Mexican Americans also celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which means “Day of the Dead” in Spanish. Dia de los Muertos isn’t a spooky or sad holiday though—it’s a joyous way to celebrate loved ones who have passed away. People make sugar skulls, Pan de Muerto (a yummy sweet bread made only for this occasion), and the favorite foods of those who have died.

Dia de los Muertos altar

Dia de los Muertos originated a long time ago in Mexico, possibly 3,000 years ago! It’s a very spiritual, festive holiday for people to honor and remember the deceased. Families build altars with marigolds and photographs of their loved ones. The bright colors of the marigold flowers represent a way for the spirits of the dead to find their way back home.

The celebration occurs on the first two days of November. The first day celebrates kids and the second day celebrates grown-ups. On the kids’ day, families usually leave toys and candy on the altars.

Dia de los Muertos is also a celebration about life!

celebrating Dia de Los Muertos


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 45 other followers