Rainbow Water – a St. Patrick’s Day Drink for Kids

rainbow water happy hooligans The other night, I thought it would be fun to prepare some rainbow water for my boys.  Not to be mistaken with our rainbow water activity, this one is a a fun, little St. Patrick’s Day drink for my boys. rainbow water - coloured ice cubes

How to make a rainbow water drink for kids:

I grabbed my Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet (otherwise known as purple) food colours, and I mixed up a batch of rainbow ice-cubes.colour a tray of ice cubes for rainbow water

My favourite brands of food colour for kids’ projects:

When I’m colouring food or using food colour for arts and crafts, I either the 3 following kinds of food colour.  My favourite of the three are the icing gels because of the vivid, intense colours they produce.

Wilton Set of 8 Icing Colors

McCormick Neon Food Colors

McCormick Traditional Food Colors

I made red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple cubes, and to fill the last 2 sections of my ice cube tray, I mixed together blue and purple to get indigo.  

I popped the tray in the freezer, and fast-forward to today.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  March 17th is always extra special at our house because in addition to celebrating all things green and Irish, we’re also celebrating my hubby’s birthday! 


We had an awesome day celebrating!  We headed out of town and to a near-by city for an afternoon of laser-bowling.  They turn out the lights, and you bowl with glow in the dark pins, disco balls, neon lights, music playing etc.  It was a first for us.  We’ve bowled before, but never in the dark, and we all bowl fairly horribly, which made it even more fun.  It was a great afternoon.   Then we went out for dinner, and came back home for cake.  In all honestly, I’d completely forgotten about the rainbow cubes, and I didn’t remember them until I went into the freezer to get out some ice cream to serve with the cake!

Woohoo!!  Isn’t it great how sometimes the simplest things make the biggest impressions?  Everyone thought this was the COOLEST water EVER.   Doesn’t it look awesome?  Whip some up!  Your kids will think you’re THE BEST!img_8409

My advice?  Don’t wait until next St. Patrick’s Day to try this.  Surprise your kiddo with a glass of rainbows on a dull or gloomy day “just because”.  It really doesn’t get much easier than this.  Go on!  Brighten their day!!



Looking for more rainbow crafts and activities for kids?  Check out our:

rainbow collage

rainbow discovery bottles

rainbow wind chimes

rainbow rice

rainbow playdough

painting rainbows


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