Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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Learning It All with Play Dough!

September 16, 2016 is National Play Dough day!

What better way to engage with your child than to create some homemade play dough and let your imaginations run wild! Here at Rainbow Child Care Center, we love play dough. We love that while making play dough your child is learning how to follow a recipe and they are building their math and science skills while measuring ingredients and observing the changes that occur. We love that mixing the ingredients and molding the dough builds fine motor muscles. We love that the dough can be used to form letters and numbers building on your child’s emerging literacy skills and that their cognitive thinking skills are engaged as they build new creations. But most of all we love that play dough is FUN!

September also brings us the first day of fall and in the spirit of getting ready for all things fall here is a wonderful Fall Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe for you to enjoy with your child!

  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin pie filling (or pumpkin purée)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • orange gel food coloring
  • 2 1/4 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1. Work with your child to measure and add the pumpkin pie filling, water, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice and orange food coloring to a large pot and heat on the stove (stirring regularly) until just bubbling.

2. Remove from heat and help your child add in dry ingredients.  Stir until combined and dump mixture out on the counter.

3. Allow to cool for 5 or 10 minutes.

4. Help your child knead dough until soft and fully cooled (it may feel sticky in the beginning)

5. Store in an airtight bag or container in the fridge when not in use.