This is a cheery little craft that I made with my rainbow loving class. I am not sure if my love of rainbows has rubbed off or if my students have always loved them, no matter. Whenever we make rainbow crafts my students are super into it. I re-did this craft with my daughter for better photos, and she made it her sticking to the proper color pattern of a rainbow, but as you can see in that was not expected or enforced in my preschool classroom. The children get a chance to choose their colors, talk about the colors, and manipulate the paper hearts too. I like to scatter the hearts to offer color choice as well as make it so that the children have to use their pincer grasp to carefully get them off the table.
Gather your materials.You will need some colored cardstock in all the rainbow colors, glue, paper plates, scissors, and a heart punch.
Punch out hearts from the card stock – I do most of these at home on my own, but during free choice, I ask the children to help me make more.
Cut the paper plates in half and cut out a half circle from the middle.
Add glue. In my preschool class, we squirt the glue on and then ask the children to spread it with a brush. We simply don’t have enough little bottles. At home, she added the glue on the back of each heart.
Add the hearts on.
In a particular pattern,
Or anywhere you like!
Books About Colors for Preschool
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Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd was a huge hit at our house. My son loved identifying the colors of all the drips of paint, ice cream and more that Dog gets on him throughout the day. This is a wonderful book not only because it has counting and colors but because of the language it uses while the spots of color are splatting and squishing onto his beautiful white fur. My son loved repeating these words with enthusiasm as he noted how poor Dog was getting so messy! It’s a fun book to read and one that I have added to my wish list!
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert is a wonderful book to use for teaching about flowers and colors. The illustrations are bold and bright, perfect for little curious minds. I have always liked this book because you can sit down and dive into it reading each flowers name on every page, or browse it more casually with a younger child simply noting the colors.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. is a book that can go with a baby from infancy through toddlerhood and into the preschool years. The bold colors of the illustrations by Eric Carle are perfect for catching infant’s attention and will continue to grab it through the years. With the turn of each page the reader is left wondering what’s next, and if the reader is my son, he will cut you off to tell you what’s coming next before you have a chance to turn the page. There are other titles in the series, including; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? , and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? But this one is my very favorite! My daughter actually sat looking at these pages as a baby instead of simply trying to eat the book, which in my opinion is a great review from a six-month-old!