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Rainbows

Explore colors with this rainbow theme complete with early science and musical activities for children.

In the Educatall Club
There's plenty of color in our rainbow-themed printable writing activity, stationery, word flashcards, and cognitive activities.

AREA SETUP

(Open thematic poster-Rainbows) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.

 

Educa-decorate-Rainbows

(Open educa-decorate-Rainbows) Print, cut out, and laminate. Decorate the walls of your daycare and hang decorations from the ceiling to set the mood for the theme. Hang multicoloured crepe paper garlands from the ceiling. You can also loop together different colors of construction paper to make a colourful chain which can be hung near your daycare entrance. Each day, cover your table with a different color tablecloth. You can find inexpensive plastic versions in department stores and dollar stores. Hang tiny multicoloured Christmas lights and stick colourful pictures and illustrations on the walls. Finally, hang bright balloons throughout your daycare. 

 

SPECIAL TOOL

This special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open educ-poster-Letter G) Print and display. Use it to introduce children to the letter and letter sound.

 

CIRCLE TIMEEduca-decorate-Rainbows
The educatall team suggests an imaginary activity for your group. (Open Rainbow letter) Print the letter. Prepare a colourful envelope. Leave the envelope in an easy to find location each day. When children find it, read a portion of the letter to them and follow the instructions to complete the suggested daily activities.

 

COLOR DAY
(Open perpetual calendar-Color Day) Print and display.

Greeting: Invite each child to bring an object which corresponds to his/her favorite color from home. If you prefer, organize several different color days and invite children to bring an object of the corresponding color each day (a green object for green day, a yellow object for yellow day, etc.).

Circle time: Talk about colors and encourage children to name their favorite color.

Lunch and snacks: Serve children colourful meals and snacks which include fruits, vegetables, and other food items in a variety of colors. Add food coloring to their milk too.

Special activities: Play with colourful modeling dough, experiment with color combinations with using food coloring or paint, etc.

 

PICTURE GAMEperpetual calendar-Color Day

The pictures can be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Rainbows) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.

 

WRITING ACTIVITIES

(Open writing activities-R like rainbow) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.

 

Stationery-Rainbows
(Open stationery-Rainbows) Print. Stationery is available for each theme. Use it to communicate with parents, in your reading and writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.

 

ACTIVITY SHEETS

Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Rainbows) (Open activity sheets-Colors)

 Picture game-Rainbows

Educa-Nuudles-Rainbows
(Open educa-nuudles-Rainbows) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic Nuudles? Have children fill the spaces designed for Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles

 

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

Word flashcards-Rainbows

The word flashcards may be used to spark a conversation with your group, in your reading and writing areas, or even to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Rainbows) (Open giant word flashcards-Rainbows) Red, orange, indigo, yellow, green, blue, purple, rain, sun, arch, sky, pot of gold

 

SEQUENTIAL STORYWriting activities-R like rainbow

(Open sequential story-Colors) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children must place the illustrations in the correct order.

 

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS-Rainbows

Have fun with these wonderful workshop ideas provided by Caroline Allard.

 

Construction/building blocks:

  • Instead of sorting your blocks by kind (wood, Lego, etc.), sort them by color.
  • Square pieces of colourful felt can be used for various constructions.
  • You can also sort figurines, cars, and other items by color.

Arts & crafts:

  • Use paint to introduce children to color combinations (yellow + red = orange, blue + red = purple, yellow + blue = green). Add white to primary colors. What happens? What happens if you mix all the colors together?
  • Different types of bright paper can be used for cutting, drawing, and creating.Stationery-Rainbows
  • Finger paint is perfect for experimenting with color combinations.
  • Markers with a variety of tips (wide, fine, etc.).
  • Color by number activities.
  • Coloring pages.

Role play:

  • Transform your role play area to make it look like a paint shop. Children pretend they are painters.
  • Paint sample cards, paintbrushes, paint rollers, painter hats, wooden sticks used to stir paint.
  • Old sweaters with paint stains on them.
  • Create an artist corner which includes an easel and a paint palette. Add large pieces of paper for your little artists.

Manipulation:Activity sheets-Rainbows

  • Memory game involving colors.
  • Modeling dough (primary colors). Allow children to mix the colors together. Use homemade modeling dough to reduce costs.
  • Association game involving illustrations and coloured pieces of paper (a picture of an orange is associated to an orange piece of paper, a picture of a sun is associated to a yellow piece of paper, etc.).
  • Different items which can be sorted by color.
  • Colourful cellophane paper which can be used to make binoculars.
  • A Lite-Brite game or mosaic activity.

Reading/relaxation:

  • Books about shapes and colors or just books which include colourful illustrations.
  • Music/motor skills:
    • A homemade Twister game.
    • Red light, green light game.

Sensory bins:Educa-nuudles-Rainbows

  • Water table: add food coloring to the water.
  • Container filled with rocks: Use aquarium rocks to create an inexpensive sensory bin.
  • Fill a container with Froot-Loops cereal.

Early science:

  • All experiments involving colors such as the color explosion in a glass of milk, the flower which changes color when placed in a mixture of water and food coloring, paint color combinations, baking a cake and adding colourful frosting on top.

TRANSITION ACTIVITIES

Game-This is my spot-Rainbows
(Open game-This is my spot-Rainbows) Print two copies. Laminate and cut out the cards. Glue one copy of each card on the table using adhesive paper. Drop the other copies in a bag. Children take turns picking a card to determine their spot at the table for the day. You may also use the cards to determine naptime spots or for your task train.

 

Special storage methodWord flashcards-Rainbows
Encourage children to sort toys by color.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES

Rainbow mobile
(Open mobiles-Rainbows) Print and decorate the various shapes with colourful ribbon, glitter, cotton balls, confetti, etc. Glue them on either side of ribbon or string. Hang the mobile from the ceiling in your daycare or above your changing table.

 

Colourful bottles
Fill clear bottles with water and add a different color of food coloring to each one. If you prefer, add colorful objects to the bottles. The bottles will introduce babies to colors.

 

Ice cube paint
Prepare several different colors of ice cubes. Once they are completely frozen, sit babies in their high chairs and deposit a large sheet of paper on each child's tray. Give them a few ice cubes and encourage them to "paint" by sliding them across the paper.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLSGame-This is my spot-Rainbows

Color hunt
Hide colourful pieces of construction paper. Show children what they must search for. Ask them to find a specific color of paper. Once each child has found one, call out a different color.

 

The crazy race
Place colourful pieces of construction paper on the floor. Call out a color and invite children to find items of the corresponding color and deposit them on a piece of construction paper of the same color.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The sun, the water, and the rainbow
Give each child a spray bottle filled with water. This experiment must be done outside. Stand with the sun in your back and spray. Observe closely with your group. You should see a rainbow. Discuss with your group.

 

Colourful snow
Purchase small spray bottles. Add powdered paint. Spray the mixture on snow.

 

Colourful sandMobiles-Rainbows
Offer containers filled with different colors of sand. Add cookie cutters. Children will enjoy making colourful sand shapes.

 

Red light, yellow light, green light
Prepare three pieces of paper: a green one, a yellow one, and a red one. Invite children to move around the daycare. When you show the green paper, children can walk fast (without running). When you display the yellow paper, children must slow down. When you show the red paper, children must stop moving altogether. Change colors often to keep children alert.

 

MUSICAL AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES

Color association
Give each child a different color gift bag. To the sound of music, encourage them to fill their bag with objects of the corresponding color. When the music stops, children compare their findings. To increase the level of difficulty, use bags which contain two colors.

 

Musical colorsEduc-trace-Rainbows
Give children three colors of crayons (red, yellow, green) and paper. Select a song which contains several different rhythms (slow, moderate, fast). Children must draw using the green crayon when the music is fast, the yellow crayon when the rhythm is moderate, and the red crayon when the music is slow.

 

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES

Educ-trace-Rainbows
(Open educ-trace-Rainbows) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using the correct color.

 

Educ-differences-Rainbows
(Open educ-differences-Rainbows) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the correct number of differences.

 

Educ-math-Rainbows
(Open educ-math-Rainbows) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the correct number.

 

Educ-same and different-RainbowsEduc-differences-Rainbows
(Open educ-same and different-Rainbows) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration which is different in each row.

 

I know my colors game
(Open game-I know my colors) Children take turns rolling the die and moving their playing piece to the corresponding color. Encourage children to name the color shown on the die before playing. At the end of the game, players must roll the correct color to win.

 

Color memory game
(Open picture game-Colors) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Place them face down on the table, in rows. The first player turns two cards. If they are identical, he keeps them and plays again. If they are not identical, he turns them over and the next child turns two cards. Children must always see the cards turned by other players. The goal of the game is to make as many pairs as possible.

 

Colourful dominoesEduc-math-Rainbows
(Open colored dominoes) Print, glue the pages on heavy cardboard, and laminate. Cut the cards. This game is for 2 to 4 players. Each child picks 5 cards. Arrange the remaining cards in a stack on the table. Place one card. The first player tries to match a card to one of the illustrations shown on the card. The second player does the same and so on. If a player does not have a matching card, he/she must pick an additional card from the stack. If this card cannot be played either, his/her turn is over.

 

ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS

Our list
Ask parents to make a list of objects for every color of the rainbow with their child. They must find at least one item per color.

 

RELAXATION ACTIVITIES

Multicoloured ball massage
Show children how they can use a ball to massage a friend. They can work in teams of two.

 

ACTIVITIES WHICH BUILD SELF-ESTEEMColor-Combinations

The problem solving rainbow

(Open problem solving rainbow) Print, laminate, and display. Sit in a circle with your group and present the problem solving rainbow and the steps which can help them resolve a conflict or control their anger. Create a special problem solving area within your daycare. Set a table, two chairs, a small rug, and cushions in this area and outline the area using colourful electrical tape. Display the problem solving rainbow in this area too. Explain how whenever a conflict arises, you will invite them to sit in this area and encourage them to use the steps to find a solution together. Once children feel they have resolved a conflict, they must explain the chosen solution to you so that you can verify that the solution is fair for everyone involved.

 

EARLY SCIENCE/EXPLORATION/MANIPULATION

Multicoloured rainbows
Use markers to color on coffee filters. When children are done, use spray bottles to represent rain. Watch closely as the colors merge together before your eyes, creating a spectacular effect.

 

Color combinationsColored-Dominoes
(Open color combinations) Print, laminate, and display. Provide water glasses, food coloring, and small spoons. Children must use them to make various color combinations.

 

Colourful celery
Deposit a celery stalk (leaves attached) in a glass of colourful water (water with a few drops of food coloring). The leaves will change color.

 

Colourful bubbles
Add food coloring to your bubble solution. Children will love to make colourful bubbles.

 

Colourful pasta or rice bin
(Must be prepared by an adult) *Do not eat

Recipe

 

Ingredients: Sequential story-Colors
1 quart of uncooked rice or pasta
2 tablespoons of food coloring
3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol

  1. Combine the food coloring and rubbing alcohol in a container. Add the rice or pasta and cover. Gently shake the container until the rice or pasta is completely coated with color.
  2. Spread the rice or pasta in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Let dry for several hours.
  3. Add the rice or pasta to a bin. Children will enjoy playing in the rice or pasta with figurines and containers.

Globule wonders: How do rainbows form?

 

Experiment 1: A rainbow in the houseEduc-same and different-Rainbows

 

Hypotheses: Allow children to submit their ideas. Their imaginative spirits will result in eccentric responses. Jot them down! Remember, there are no wrong answers! We are aiming for observation, not comprehension.

 

Material:

  • A large container filled with water
  • A mirror

Manipulations:

  1. Place the container filled with water near a window with plenty of sunlight (if the sun's rays are not strong enough, you can use a flashlight).
  2. Turn off the lights.
  3. Place the mirror in the water. Do not make waves!
  4. Reflect the sunlight (or the light from the flashlight) onto a white wall or ceiling.
  5. Observe the rainbow you created!
  6. Can you name the colors you see?

Explanations:Colors - Problem solving rainbow
The sun's white light is made up of coloured lights corresponding to the colours of a rainbow. These lights change direction and separate when they enter or exit water. This explains why you see seven colours on the wall or ceiling. The white light divided itself into seven rays of light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (dark blue), and purple.

 

Experiment 2: A rainbow on droplets of water

 

Material: A hose

 

Manipulations:

  1. Stand with your back to the sun. Hold the hose. Your early childhood educator must adjust it so the water sprays like light rain.
  2. Hold the hose upwards in front of you.
  3. Observe the rainbow on the droplets of water!

Explanations: The principle is the same as in the first experiment. The seven coloured lights which merge into the sun's white light separate when they penetrate the droplets of water and reflect towards your eyes.

 

CULINARY ACTIVITYRainbow

Colourful lunch
Throughout the theme, add drops of food coloring to different food items (mashed potatoes, milk, pudding, etc.).


ARTS & CRAFTS

Paper rainbow
(Open rainbow) Print for each child. Set construction paper in each of the seven colors of the rainbow on the table. Ask children to tear it into pieces. When they are done, have them glue them in the seven arches of the rainbow (older children can glue them in the correct order).

 

My rainbowColoring pages theme-Rainbows
On waxed paper, deposit a few drops of diluted poster paint. Give each child a drinking straw and invite them to blow on the drops of paint. Repeat with another color. Use colors found in a rainbow.

 

Our rainbow
Draw a large rainbow on heavy cardboard. Have children cut tiny pieces of rainbow-coloured construction paper and glue them in the correct arch (you can determine the order of the colors together first).

 

Mix of colors
Let children paint as they wish. The goal is to create new colors by combining the colors you have on hand.

 

Rainbow colors
Have children draw using waxed crayons on heavy paper. When they are done, have them paint over their drawing using black poster paint. When the paint is dry, they can scratch the black paint to rediscover the rainbow colors.

 

Bubble paintCreative coloring-Rainbows
Add a few drops of food coloring to your bubble solution. Have children make their own bubble wands out of pipe cleaners. Give each child a piece of white paper and encourage them to blow bubbles on the paper. The end result will be a pretty pastel-coloured design.

 

Pretty in pink (or blue)
Make binoculars out of two empty toilet paper rolls. Have children paint their binoculars with pink or blue paint. Once dry, glue them side by side. Make two tiny holes on either side of your binoculars and thread a string through them. Add pink or blue cellophane paper to one end. Children will love wearing their binoculars around their neck and observing their surroundings.

 

COLORING PAGES

(Open coloring pages theme-Rainbows) Print for each child.

 

CREATIVE COLORING

(Open creative coloring-Rainbows) Print for each child. Encourage children to complete the drawing.

 

SONGS & RHYMESSongs and rhymes-Rainbow,rainbow

(Open songs & rhymes-Rainbow, rainbow)

 

Rainbow, rainbow

By: Patricia Morrison

Sung to: Twinkle, twinkle little star

 

Rainbow, rainbow in the sky
How I love your colors so bright
Blue and yellow, green between
Orange and red are also seen
Rainbow, rainbow in the sky
How I love your colors so bright

 

Have fun!

The Educatall team

 

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