Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rainbow Preschool Lesson Plans


  • Rainbows
  • Planting a Rainbow
  • Maisy's Rainbow Dream (Maisy)
  • The Crayola Rainbow Colors Book
  • Dora's Rainbow Surprise (Dora the Explorer)
Rain and Rainbow Collage
Look in a magazine or newspaper for pictures of rain, or rainbows, cut them out, and let your child glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.

Torn Paper Rainbows

Apply glue onto a piece of paper where the first color of the rainbow should be, you can make a half or full arc. Have your child apply red torn paper to the glued area. Next apply glue under the red torn paper for the next color, and so on!! (you will only be able to do three or four colors)

Easy Rainbows

Tape three or four different colored crayons in a straight line. Show your child how to draw a rainbow with one stroke.

Cereal Rainbows

You will need a box of Fruit Loops (or similar cereal), paper, pencil and glue. For younger children, you should draw a rainbow shape on to the paper then have the children glue the fruit loops inside the shape. Older children can make their own rainbow shape, or trace it. You may also do this project as open ended art by allowing the children to make whatever they wish with the fruit loops.

Class Rainbow

Obtain a large piece of butcher paper. Have the children make a rainbow using their handprints using all the colors of the rainbow.

Tissue Paper Rainbows

Apply glue onto a piece of paper where the first color of the rainbow should be, you can make a half or full arc. Have your child apply red tissue paper to the glued area. Next apply glue under the red tissue paper for the next color, and so on!! (you will only be able to do three or four colors)

Rainbow Necklaces

Supply the children with Fruit Loops and yarn to make a wonderful necklace they can eat.

Tissue Paper Rainbows 2

Supply the children with many different colors of tissue paper that will bleed. Have them cut out small shapes and then place on a piece of white paper. After the paper is covered with a single layer of paper (it' okay if a few overlap) have the children paint the paper with water so the tissue paper will bleed onto the white paper. Allow to dry, remove the paper for a beautiful picture.

"Taste the Rainbow" Jar
For older children. Fill a small jar with Skittles. Ask each child to guess how many Skittles are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of Skittles to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the Skittles.

"Taste the Rainbow" Jar for Schoolagers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted Skittles of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 Skittles in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the Skittles.

Noodle Necklaces
Supply the children with pasta noodles that have been dyed many different colors for a rainbow necklace, and yarn. Have the children thread the noodles onto the yarn to make a necklace.

Egg Carton Fun

Use a plastic egg carton for this activity. Fill each hole 3/4 full with water. Add red food coloring to one hole, blue to another, and yellow to another. Give your child an eye dropper, show them how to use the eye dropper to move the colored water to clear water, notice how the color changes. Let them experiment. For older children, ask them how to make green, purple, brown, and aqua colors.

Rainbow in a jar

Take a large glass jar, fill it 3/4 with water. Drop a single drop of food coloring into the jar from about a foot above the jar, so the coloring makes its way almost to the bottom. Try different colors.

Prism fun 

You can find a prism at many science stores or teachers store. Show your child the prism, and how to see all the colors of a rainbow in the prism.

Which color is missing?

Draw several different rainbows on small pieces of paper. Each one, exclude a color that should be in the rainbow, so the first exclude red, second orange... etc. Then make a rainbow that has all the colors. Show the children the rainbow with all the colors on it. Ask what colors they see. Then show each card to the children and ask them if they can guess what color is missing
Variation: Put the colors in the wrong order. See if the children can see which color is not in the right place.

Milky Rainbows: 
Provide every child with a shallow container of milk. Place a couple drops of different food coloring in the milk. Next, have the child dip a toothpick into a little dish soap and then dip it into the milk. What happens? Try it again!

Looking at the world through different colored glasses:
Obtain different colored cellophane wrap and many toilet paper rolls. Apply a square of the cellophane wrap to the end of the toilet paper roll and secure with a rubber band or masking tape. Each child should have one. Have the children look through the tube to see what everything looks like. Have them trade with a friend. You could also have five of these set up in your science area for the children to use, or bind two of the same color for binoculars.

Mix 2 cups water with a little food coloring, add 6 cups of corn flour/cornstarch to make goop.

Sand and Water Table Ideas:
- Add a little food coloring to water- Add food coloring and soap to the water- supply the children with colored pasta noodles or riceRed, Red, Green!!!Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will say "Red, Red, Green".

Mr. Rainbow Says:
Played just like "Simon Say" except the teacher says "Mr. Rainbow Says". With younger children, do not make children sit out... just say "Mr. Rainbow didn't say".

Rainbow Musical Chairs
If they children made raindrop headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color circles on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red circle? Blue? Etc.

Rainbow Bean Bag Toss
Cut out three raindrop shapes from a piece of cardboard. Paint around the shapes with blue. When dry, prop up the cardboard and have the children play bean bag toss, trying to get the bean bags in the raindrop holes.

Color Day
Have each day of the week be a specific color day... i.e. Red Day, Blue Day and ask the parents to dress the children in that color.

Color Song
Suzie is wearing red today
Red today, red today,

Suzie is wearing red today
All day long
Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and red for the color that child is wearing. Repeat the song twice and let the child dance during the song. Have the other children sing and clap along.

Color Jump Song

If you're wearing red then
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down, Jump up and Down, 

If you're wearing red then
Jump up and Down,
Now sit back down.

What's under the Rainbow? 
Find a very colorful sock. Place something in the sock, like a block, or a toy. Let the child feel the object and try to guess what it is.

Rainbow Eggshell Collage
Use food coloring to color crushed eggshells a few different colors. (You can use eggshells from used eggs, there is no need to hard boil these egg shells.) Let your child glue the eggshell to a piece a paper after the dye has dried.

The colors of the rainbow:
A simple way to remember the colors of the rainbow is Roy G Biv. Each letter stands for a color, moving from the outside to the inside of a rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. List the letters of the rainbow and see if the children can guess them all. Then go over the colors in order. Be careful to create the rainbows correctly, red is always on the outside.

Rainbow Match
Provide the children with different colors of fabric with different textures to explore. These pieces of fabric can then be sorted based on color.

Hand Print Rainbow
Have children create a large hand print rainbow mural. Painting the children's hands will create a better print, rather than dipping.

Fingerprint Rainbow
Have each child make their own fingerprint rainbow by creating arcs of different colors. The children can use nontoxic ink pads or paint to create the fingerprints.

Yarn Rainbows
Cut pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet yarn. Children can take one yarn from each color, dip it in glue and place it on a piece of paper to create a rainbow.

Rainbow Spaghetti
Cook spaghetti noodles, drain and cool. Fill a gallon Ziplock bag one-quarter of the way with water. Add food coloring to the water. Add part of cooked spaghetti and mix around in the Ziplock bag until noodles change color. Drain, repeat with other colors. Place the noodles in separate bowls.
Children can take one noodle from each color to create a rainbow on a plate for a snack.
Children can take one noodle from each color, dip it in glue and place it on a piece of paper to create a rainbow.

Colored Rice Rainbow

You'll need:
uncooked white rice
food coloring
white vinegar
non-toxic glue
cardboard or paper

Place 1/2 cup rice into a clean bowl (either glass or one that you don't care about). Add 5 drops of food coloring and 1/2 tsp. vinegar to set the color. Mix around until the rice has absorbed the color. Repeat the process with other colors. Spread rice evenly (keeping the colors separate) onto a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes, this dries the rice. After the rice has dried and cooled, place each color in a Ziplock bag and seal.

Rice Play
Place the colored rice in your sand/water table. Let the children explore the rice using measuring cups, containers, funnels, and other items.

Rice Rainbows
Have the children create a rainbow by gluing the colored rice onto paper in arc shapes. You can use a rainbow coloring page as a guide.

Rainbow Feelie Center
Provide the children with different colors of fabric with different textures to explore. You could also create a rainbow feelie board by cutting out a rainbow shape from cardboard and gluing different colors of fabric onto the shape to create a rainbow.

Tye Dyed Rainbow Squares

Add 1/4 cup water to each compartment of a muffin tin. Add food coloring to each compartment. Fold A piece of paper towel in half several times. Dip the corners and edges into the water and let the paper take in the colored water. Repeat until most of the towel is colored. Unfold the towel and allow to dry.

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