Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Curriculum: Learning About Rainbows

Rainbow Rally

  • construction paper (one 9” x 12” sheet each red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • scissors
  • box
  • gold wrapping paper
  • tape
  • paper bag
  • small treats for prizes (optional)

Players:  4 – 12

Cut a 9” square from each sheet of construction paper. Cut the left over pieces into 3” squares. (You should have one large square and three small squares for each rainbow color.) Place the large squares of paper on the floor, each color in a different part of the room. Place all of the small squares in the paper bag. Cover the box with gold wrapping paper to make a “pot of gold.” Fill the box with treats.

Have children sit in a circle with you. Place the “pot of gold” in the middle. Call out “Rainbow Rally!” and have the children go to any of the areas in the room designated by the colored squares. Several children may choose one color area, while others may not be chosen at all. Reach into the paper bag and pull out one of the small colored paper squares. Then let the children who chose that color area of the room each take a prize from the pot of gold. For example, if you pulled a red paper square from the bag, the children standing near the large red paper square would all be the winners. Repeat the process until all of the children have won prizes. The odds are that everyone should win two or three times before the game is over. You may want to limit how many times each player can win.

Rainbow From the Sky

  • Paper
  • Crepe Paper
  • Paint
Have your children cut a cloud from white paper. Next have them cut raindrops out of different shades of blue paper and lighting out of yellow paper. Have your children glue these on a piece of paper. Finally, have them glue strips of multi-colored crepe paper on the cloud to symbolize a rainbow coming from the cloud. These turned out so cute!

Rainbow Sticks

  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Tape that you can paint on
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Uncooked Rice
  • Toothpicks

Pre-poke holes into the side of the paper towel rolls. Then have your children poke toothpicks through the holes (glue both ends). Next tape one end of the roll closed. Add rice and tape the other end. Next let your children paint their sticks as rainbows. Finally, cut off any ends of the toothpicks sticking out. Now your children have a great rainbow stick that sounds like the rain that makes rainbows come.

More ideas for rainbows:
More Colorful Rainbow Fun in Preschool by Teach Preschool
Giant Rainbow Collage by The Imagination Tree
Rainbow Crafts For Young Kids by Delicious Ambiguity
Rainbow Fish by Our Crafts ~N~ Things
Bean Bag Gaming by Childmade
Bean Bag Gaming by Childmade
Cotton Ball Coloration by
A Rainbow of My Very Own in Preschool by Teach Preschool
Rainbow Volcano by

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