Introduction: How a Rainbow is Made
The World is a Rainbow – Greg & Steve
The Rainbow Song – Barney
Dance with colorful scarfs and/or Rainbow Wand & Ring (see Manipulative project)
Stained Glass Rainbow – colored scraps of tissue paper, contact paper
Cardboard Rainbow Collage – cardboard cut n shape of rainbow, colored scraps of construction paper or paint sample cards
Build-A-Rainbow w/ Legos
Take it a step further by sorting blocks by color before beginning your build
Dress Up – Dress like the rainbow. Put together & sort clothing according to the colors in the rainbow
Rainbow Patterns – use paper scraps, blocks (unifix cubes if you have them), marbles, colored rocks. Create and complete AB, ABC, ABCD patterns using whatever colored materials you have.
AB example – RED BLUE RED BLUE…
ABC example – RED BLUE GREEN RED BLUE GREEN
ABCD example – RED BLUE GREEN YELLOW RED BLUE GREEN YELLOW
Get outside – (this is especially fun for water-play days or at home in bathing suits). An adult uses a hose and sprays an arch of water. Try it at various heights. See if you can spot a rainbow in the water. If it’s a water day, let the kids run around and get sprayed after findings are complete.
Rainbow (colored) Rice Tray with scoops, measuring cups and spoons. Add a little magic and another level of sensory by mixing in a few drops of a safe essential oil.
Colored Water beads
Manipulatives (fine motor work)
Beaded Rainbow – colored beads and pipe cleaners.
Sticker play – use rainbow colored stickers and have child/ren create a sticker project
Rainbow Wand & Ring
Tweezers with rainbow colored puff balls. Dump the puffs into a sensory bin. Provide bowls that have coordinating colors and have children sort the puffs into matching bowl. Throw in gold colored rocks/gems for additional fun.
Writing (quiet time activity)
“What I like most about rainbows.”
“My favorite color in the rainbow”
Depending on the age and writing ability of your child/ren, this may have to be a dictate and doodle (have your child draw their stories and then tell them to you as you record them).
**For less mess, easy clean up Sensory, Science and Art projects: Use a plastic tablecloth under containers/trays/bowls…No smocks? Pull out old, over-sized t-shirts from your closet and have your children wear those.**
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