Rainbows

Rainbows
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Introduction: How a Rainbow is Made

Music

The World is a Rainbow – Greg & Steve

The Rainbow Song – Barney

Movement

Dance with colorful scarfs and/or Rainbow Wand & Ring (see Manipulative project)

Art

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

https://www.artbarblog.com/cardboard-rainbow-collage/

Blocks

Build-A-Rainbow w/ Legos

Take it a step further by sorting blocks by color before beginning your build

Dramatic Play

Dress Up – Dress like the rainbow. Put together & sort clothing according to the colors in the rainbow

Math

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

Science

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.

https://www.science-sparks.com/skittles-experiment/

Sensory

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

https://www.tobeakidagain.com/rainbow-ribbon-wand-ring-movement-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=325739474_9065234_80847

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)

Journal

“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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