rainbow activities

Colors of Childhood: A Rainbow For The Day

Did you see the pictures of the rainbow for the day over Manhattan? The young children of this generation were not yet born for September 11th, 2001. They weren’t even twinkles in their parents’ eyes.  Yet, it is for them that we continue to strive to create a more peaceful and secure world.

cookies-rainbowOne of the messages of this day that echoes over the years is to take the time to let others know we love them. Even the sky seemed to be sending a message with its rainbow over the area. Instead of just being busy, we took some time to be together, to connect, and  so we made a batch of cookies.

As we mixed up the cookie dough, this simple activity seemed to be a way to recognize what’s important—home and family, and taking care of each other. Thinking of the rainbow, we added a few brightly colored smarties, with a couple to munch on as we measured and stirred, and the rest of them did get into the bowl.

While the cookies were baking, we tidied the kitchen and washed the dishes. The fresh, fragrant cookies only needed a few minutes to cool before we sat down and enjoyed eating them. Then the kids went off to play.

There are so many life lessons in making cookies: how we can make something together, clean up is part of the process, and taking care of basic needs, to name a few. Lots of other learning too: measuring, counting, how heat changes ingredients, doing things in order, reading a recipe, and more.

Who knows what any day will bring, but for this day, we had a small rainbow of our own. What will you and your family do today?

Father’s Day Card Craft for Young Children

There are still some sleeps before Father’s Day but in case a few days are needed for mail, here is a craft to make a special card. I saw an idea on a recent Busted Button Facebook post and knew how it could be used to tell dads that they are a treasure at the end of the rainbow.

father's day craft for kids

To start, a stiff piece of paper is needed because the buttons will be too heavy for regular paper. A half-sheet of paper is enough or a big recipe-card, and maybe a strip of paper for writing. The back of a card will work as long as it’s blank. Then, hunt through the button jar or box to find the colors of the rainbow. (This is a fishing tackle box.) I put the button box on the floor for the hunt because it would take years to pick them all up if the spilled. Now, for the fun.

father's day craft for kids

On the back of the paper, kids draw a picture of their dad. This has to be done first. On the front or a small strip, adult hands can print the letters or trace them lightly for kids to color over. The top says ‘Happy Father’s Day’ and the bottom says ‘Turn over for treasure at the end of the rainbow.’ Last, kids can glue 6 buttons in a rainbow shape, one of each color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Let the buttons dry so they are good and stuck.

father's day craft for kids

Dads have a special place in kids’ heart. When dad reads the card and then turns it over, there is his picture because he is the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Isn’t it nice to be treasured?

father's day craft for kids

Kindergarten Readiness: Fun with Rainbows

Kindergarten readiness comes in all the colors of the rainbow. Today, for some rainbow fun and learning here are some ideas, including eating one!

developing kindergarten readinessSometimes, does light hit an object inside your house making little rainbows that capture your child’s attention? With spring rains have there been any outside lately? Oil floating on a puddle can make rainbow swirls. Just in case there are no cooperative sun beams, here are some other ideas. Kids can make rainbows with crayons, paints, or chalk on the sidewalk. Toys on the floor can hop onto the rainbow track.

eating a rainbowThe tastiest rainbow is one made of fruits and veggies. On Learn and Play with Mrs A, I interviewed Kia Robertson from Today I Ate A Rainbow. After reading that kids need to eat 5 servings of veggies and fruit a day, Kia developed a chart with colors to encourage her young daughter to make some good eating choices. One day when her daughter had eaten something for each color, she proudly stated that she’d eaten a rainbow! The chart has developed into a  game, books, and website with more resources, including some cooking with kids videos. (podcast link)

The play-of-the-day today is a rainbow activity? What will your child do for rainbow fun and learning?

Kindergarten Readiness: Who’s the Rainbow Treasure? You!

One of my favorite spring activities is making treasures at the end of the rainbow (and it helps kids develop assurance and confidence that will support their kindergarten readiness). Children’s faces light up with bright smiles that show how good it feels. To do this, kids need to know the tradition that at the end … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: Who’s the Rainbow Treasure? You!

Kindergarten Readiness Gets Inspiration from SuperBowl Ads

Inspiration for a post on kindergarten readiness fun and learning came from the Super Bowl ad where a little boy in the back seat asks where baby comes from. His dad tells a great story about a planet called Babylandia and the whole journey to get to Earth. Of course, the little one in the … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Gets Inspiration from SuperBowl Ads

Kindergarten Readiness – Rainbows for Reading

Earlier this week, blog activities focused on the science of mixing colors. Rainbows is the topic again today. This is a simple, fun activity that kids can do at home or in small groups at care centers. Materials needed are 2 pieces of paper, glue, scissors and some old magazines or newspaper inserts. Put one … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Rainbows for Reading