Eat the Rainbow

As our daughter grows we teach her colors, one of the best ways is to use a rainbow.

Spanish Russian English
Rojo красный Red
Naranjo оранжевый Orange
Amarillo жёлтый Yellow
Verde зелёный Green
Azul голубой Blue
Añil синий Indigo
Violeta фиолетовый Violet

rainbow

 

Mnemonics is always helpful to learn many things, including rainbow colors:

Spanish Russian English
Rodolfo Narizotas Amó de Verdad a Azucena el o que la Vió Каждый Охотник Желает Знать Где Сидит Фазан (lit: each hunter wants to know where pheasant sits) Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

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or you can also use songs/nursery rhymes:

Spanish Russian English
Pintaré 
Un arco iris de energía 
Por dejar el mundo lleno de 
alegría 
Si esta feo o dividido 
Va a quedar tan colorido 
Lo que vale en esta vida es ser feliz 

Con azul voy a lograr 
tranquilidad 
El naranja es buen color para 
amistad 
Con el verde tengo la esperanza 
Que existe en esta tierra mansa 
De pintar el cielo entero 
color amor 

El amarillo usa brillo, es especial, 
Hecho sol tiene su lugar 
Entre toda la gente 
Violeta es más que una flor 
Que va a perfumar, 
Rojo intenso y a completar 
Mi arco iris de amor 
El color para mí 
Es la magía que todo ilumina 
El color para mí 
És la fiesta que nunca termina Arco Iris (by Michael Sullivan, Paulo Massadas, Ana Penido ) Радуга-дуга,Не давай дождя, Давай солнышка,
Колоколнышка! Чтобы деткам погулять, Чтоб теляткам поскакать, Нужно солнышко,
Колоколнышко! Red and yellow and pink and green, Purple and orange and blue,
 I can sing a rainbow, 
Sing a rainbow, 
Sing a rainbow too!Listen to your heart,
 Listen to your heart,
And sing everything you feel,
 I can sing a rainbow, 
Sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow too
English translation

I will paint a rainbow filled with energy
It will arch in the big sky for all to see 
If we’re seperate or divided
We’ll have colors to unite us
 We can blend into a perfect harmony 

When I paint with blue, i get tranquillity 
I spread orange for friendships across the sea
With the deepest green we find the answers
T o the questions that children ask us 
So together we can be one color
 Love 

Yellow so bright, it became the sun
 Violet, dark and beautiful 
All the colors are in a rainbow 
Red, so intense, very mystical
Purple glows, very magical
it’s complete, it’s a rainbow of love 

All the colors we need
 So we make up a rainbow of people
 All the colors indeed
 And we make up a rainbow of people Rainbow arc, Do not let rain,Give sunFor kids to walk and Calves to jump Sun is necessary!

However with food you can teach your children everyday all the rainbow colors, mentioning how healthy it is and it also helps to help with children who picky eaters (so says Jessica Alba in her interview):

Fruit-Vegetable-Infographic

and create a rainbow menu: Menu Planner

Cooking together dishes from what grows in your heritage country.

Here are a few rainbow-inspired dishes that are culture-related to Spain and Russia, all of them are really fast to make (less than 30 min) :

Russia is famous for borsch where beetroot is the main ingredient. It takes quite some time to cook it, but Roasted beet hummus is faster to do:

Beet-Hummus-Minimalist-Baker

Another Russian popular dish, but perhaps not well-known is okroshka, you can cook it with or without beets. At home we like to make both versions.

okroshka

Spain is famous for tapas. One of its types is pincho, basically its a small snack on a toothpick or a skewer.

Use  your imagination to make veggie 

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or fruit skewers:

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or refreshing rainbow sangria:

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Just go out to your nearest market and you can combine a rainbow in your kitchen, have a look at Emily Blincoe pics: Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 1.21.10 PM

 

Our daughter is only 12 months and so far she is only  learning colors as well as cooking by observation:

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Part of my family is Azeri and my mom and granny made stuffed tomatoes,peppers and eggplants. I just added more veggies for the decoration:

Filling= onion+garlic+ground beef+tomato sauce

Decorations=red+yellow+orange bell peppers, broccoli

Suggested Decorations(use your imagination to add more)=  red/green/yellow bell pepper, white/purple cauliflower purple potatoes, green/yellow zucchini,broccoli, red onion,red/yellow cherri tomatoes, parsley/dill

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While creating delicious bites for the family you can go over lots of vocabulary of how tasty, sweet, sour, chewy, crispy, creamy, greasy (ect) and how messy the kitchen turns out to be in the process 🙂 while you connect with your heritage culture via food and language naturally being involved in the process of family cooking.