RAINBOW : Books + Activities
Happy Rainbow Day!
If you have been following along with our Week of Preschool Color you know that today is a celebration of the whole Rainbow. Below are some fun ideas for playtime, snack, and more.
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Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
Marisol's class is painting a mural and she is in charge of the sky. In search for the right color, she is inspired by an incredible sunset on the ride home. 3+
Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
Colors abound in these photographs. A wordless collection of bright, intriguing photos that will inspire your toddler to look closely and discuss colors in their world. 2+
The Sound of Colors by Jimmy Liao
We were gifted this extraordinary book full of imagination, hauntingly beautiful illustrations, and a brave little girl in a big crowded world. 5+
Pantone: Colors by Pantone
I love the shades of color that pop off the page of this book. There is also an adorable collection of chunky books that our kids loved carrying around and reading when they were infants and toddlers. 1+
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
This is a stunning book about colors and the Muslim culture. 3+
Rainbow Colored Lego Invitation
This we have been building on all week in our house. We started with Red, then gradually added the colors. Some days we just worked with the one color and others they were more combined. Today challenge each other. Can you build something with all of the colors? Which color would result in the tallest tower or coolest car? If your kids don't do well with competition, make it a collaborative effort instead. The point is to have fun, work on engineering skills, and use their creativity.
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt
Clear off a table or large space on the floor and explain that you are going to hunt for objects to create a rainbow. One color at a time, have your kids hunt for objects that match that color and bring them back. Arrange them in a line or clump on the floor. Then move on the next color. When you have objects for all of the colors, arrange them into a rainbow. Then you might discuss which color has the most objects or least. Which color makes the longest line of objects. Which color they like the best. Then have a race to see which color you can clean up the fastest. Use a timer and get excited to make it more fun. Meghan from Playground Parkbench has another version that would be great for toddlers.
Lay out a basket of rainbow colored legos, duplos, wooden blocks, or Magnatiles. You can leave it as an invitation or maybe have a challenge to see what you can each make with all of the colors of the rainbow.
Make a Rainbow Pizza (or cake or fruit salad)
We like to celebrate things with food. I think most people do. Decide what kind of colorful treat you'd like to make together and head to the store for the ingredients. We make pizza together once a week, so this week we made a rainbow pizza using all kinds of different colored veggies.
Rainbow Playdo Invitation
Make or buy playdo for each of the colors in the rainbow. Arrange an invitation for each child with a small ball of playdo in each color and some basic playdo tools.
Rainbow Journal : Rainbow Page
Finish the Rainbow journal today that you are using for the entire Preschool Color Week. You can find directions for starting one on our Red Day page. For Rainbow day, turn to the next blank page and have your preschooler copy the word RAINBOW. Then have them use an assortment of different colored art materials to draw whatever they want on the facing page. (Literacy)
To close out the week, I asked some fellow bloggers to share their best Rainbow ideas and was overwhelmed by their creativity. Here are the best!
Easy Rainbow Color Sorters from The Kavanaugh Report
Love the creative way some people can make DIY materials.
Dyed Wooden Discs for Preschool Learning from Cutting Tiny Bites
Love this idea for creating simple colorful materials for your learning environment.
Teaching Toddlers Colors from Natural Beach Living
Beautiful and simple ideas for teaching toddlers all of the colors of the rainbow.
Colour Play - Using Picture Books as Prompts from You Clever Monkey
Some more great children's books about color. The Big Orange Splot is one of our favorites!
Rainbow Climb Literacy Activity from Growing Book by Book
Fun way to get moving and develop important literacy skills.
Pom Pom Rainbow Collage from Danya Banya
Another twist on our rainbow collage.
Light Table Rainbow Fish Invitation from Bambini Travel
Fun light table activity inspired by the book Rainbow Fish.
Color Cubes Gross Motor Game from Cutting Tiny Bites
This looks like such a fun way to move your bodies and learn colors!
Alphabet Pasta Rainbow Sensory Bin from Adventures with Adam
This we loved. The rainbow pasta was easy to make (we actually did rice) and my kids loved exploring it.
10 Ways to Play with Rainbow Rice from The Way He Plays
This is a great post of ideas of what to do with all that rainbow pasta or rice you just made!
Toddler Color Mixing from Busy Toddler
Sweet and simple, like all good toddler activities should be!
Rainbow Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
How amazingly fun does this look?
Color Mixing Lab from Creative Family Fun
This is a fun twist on mixing colors.
Rainbow Science for Kids: Exploring Prisms from Buggy and Buddy
Love this idea! Now we absolutely have to get some prisms.
Rainbow Fizzy Cloud Dough from Powerful Mothering
Now this looks like some awesome fizzy fun!
Visit our Week of Preschool Color Pinterest Board for even more great ideas.
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