Cork Painted Rainbow Craft

rainbow craft We love painting with corks because they make such fun polka dots and are perfect size for little hands. This was a fun exploration of rainbow colors and can be made to have a strict focus on order or you can have a more open ended view. Choose what works for your child. The goal for me was to talk about the colors and let her create. If you are looking for a way to teach the color order of a rainbow try this game we shared a few weeks ago.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, scissors, corks, paint in rainbow colors, and a plate or tray to place them on. You may also want some painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.cork painted rainbows

Start by cutting the paper into an arc. We chatted a little about what other things are shaped like that. Headbands, earphones, and the door on her princess castle.cork painted rainbow craft for kids

Next set up the cork in the different rainbow colors.cork painted rainbow for kids

I arranged the tray in the middle of the arc for easy painting but do whatever is comfortable.cork painted rainbow craft for kids

Paint.cork painting rainbows st. patrick's day craftMy daughter grabbed the corks in order but painted them starting in the inner arc. Depending on your goal for this activity you could direct your child or students to start on the outer arc and make sure to stay within the correct order. This was not my goal. rainbowAt three I want her to explore and play with the colors but most of all I want her to enjoy creating her own art.painting with corks rainbows

Roll a Rainbow Activity For Kids

rainbow activities for kidsNeed a break from winter weather? How about a game that is fun, easy to play and helps teach your kids about the order of the  colors of a rainbow. My kids have both known their colors since they were young toddlers but knowing the order they appear in the rainbow is tricky. Do you still say ROY-G-BIV to yourself in your head? I do. I don’t expect my kids to know the order off hand after a few rounds but they did leave with a clear understanding that the order is not dynamic and that the order is a pattern of primary and secondary colors.  If you don’t have Duplo on hand you can use pipe cleaners, pompoms, or paper and crayons and have your child draw the arcs. As you will see this simple rainbow activity for kids is a cinch to make and my kids were totally into it!

Gather your materials. You will need some Duplo ( or alternatives already mentioned) , a die, construction paper in the rainbow colors and tape. roll a rainbow color activity for preschool

Since the die only had 6 sides and we included indigo to make a proper rainbow I had my kids start with red as the 1st color and left it off the die.  I cut all the paper into squares and taped them on the die.build a rainbow game for kids

Time to play. Make a pool of colors and let the youngest roll first. I would usually do rock paper scissors to see who goes first but my daughter always chooses rock so my son always wins.

Roll the die and pick up the color you roll. If you roll a color you already have you do nothing. The first person to have all the colors of the rainbow wins.roll and build a rainbow game for preschool

My daughter was off to a great start.make a rainbow game for kids

It had her big brother very very worried. roll a rainbow game for kids

Then they tied it uprainbow game for kids and I had them both review the colors in order. I love this picture and the two of them speaking at the same time captures what it’s like at my house 75% of the time. learning the colors of the rainbow with a fun game

They both needed indigo – which was a nice to be stuck because it was the color they were the least familiar with and we talked about where it went at length. Finally someone ( can you guess who?) rolled it… and won. roll a rainbow game for preschoolWe played until my daughter also got indigo and they could both proudly display their rainbows . rainbow game

 

 

Indoor Bug Hunt {with counting, sorting and matching}

bug hunt color match sortingFinding activities that both my two year old and her six year old brother enjoy isn’t always easy. More and more he wants to do something she doesn’t have the patience or skill for yet. One thing they both love are hunts. Simple materials, fun game and a ton of learning. This bug hunt has color matching , counting and sorting as well as a ton of fun. This activity was a great way for both of them to play and learn together. As you will see they worked at their own level while working together. Although we used bugs you could use any small items like plastic Easter eggs, simple blocks or even cut out shapes.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need many multi colored small objects to hide, construction paper in the same colors ( we chose a rainbow theme but you could do any colors) and some kids eager to find things.rainbow bug hunt and sorting activity
  2. Spread your colors out on a flat surface like the floor or table.rainbow bug hunt
  3. Hide your bugs. Can you see any in this picture ?rainbow bug hunt for preschool
  4. Explain the rules of the game. Find the bug and sort it in the correct color. For my son I added the following challenges : After he found a bug and put it in the right color I asked him to see which color had the most bugs and which had the least. This made him pause so his sister had a slight chance at finding some of the bugs and gave him a little math lesson too.
  5. Start finding those bugs! bug huntThey were so quick it was hard for me to catch any pictures.bug hunt
  6. My daughter loved sorting them and every now and then I would sneak one into the wrong color and she’d fix it.rainbow bug hunt 7
  7. When we found them all I asked them to count. My daughter counted all the bugs in each color bug hunt countingand my son counted all the bugs in every color. He also told me which color had the most, which had the least .bug hunt and sort
  8. After that he went off to play Lego but my daughter and I played two more times.bug hunt color match

 

Books About Bugs

19 books about bugs

We try to always match up activities with books to reinforce active play with quality reading time. Here are 19 great bug books for you and your little bug hunters to check out.

St. Patrick’s Day Spin Art Craft

St.Patrick's Day Spin art for kidsMy 6 year old was home from school this week and I tried to cram in as much fun as we could including a little early St.Patrick’s Day craft. Between a visit from the grandparents, watching The Princess Bride twice , 2 ferry rides and a trip to the aquarium we did a ton of activities. This was his favorite . Salad spinner art is a ton of fun and it’s not a bad work out either. You can find a cheap salad spinner like this one at Ikea for under $4!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates or other sturdy paper , paint ( water it down just a little)  and a salad spinner. st. patrick's day spin art
  2. Start by drawing your shamrock or rainbow on the plate. Draw them on both sides so you have a good guide for cutting later after it’s dry.st.patrick's day spin art
  3. Cut the extra off the plate . Fitting in cutting curves is something I am trying to do more for my son who is still working hard at that skill. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 6
  4. Pour! We poured a little too much but if there is too much just scoop some off. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 00
  5. Spin! St. Patrick's Day Spin Art 8
  6. Next up rainbow colors.st.patrick's day spin art 3  It gets a little messy but all fun things do !st.patrick's day spin art 689
  7. Next we thought we’d do some color mixing. So we got out our thinner Melissa & Doug Poster Paints and poured them in. st.patrick's day spin art 2
  8. Carefully watched as it spattered while it spun.
  9. It turned sorta grey so we added some other green paint and spun it again.St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 55 I love this picture because it shows out painting experiment which is what my son was calling it. I just liked seeing him so engaged even though he has done more than his fair share of art projects over the last 5 years. I am thankful he is still curious. St.Patrick's Day Spin Art 66
  10. Let everything dry and cut out. st.patrick's day spin art 33

Rainbow Playdough Color Sorting

rainbow playdough color match and stickPlaydough is one of our favorite materials and as you will see I rarely use homemade stuff. I love real Play-Doh especially the smell. So we bought the real stuff ( although homemade would work just as easily) and made a simple multi-sensory color sorting activity. This activity works on color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and counting.  It’s also easy to set up and  fun.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need play-doh in various colors. We did the rainbow but any combination of colors would work. You will also need some buttons, wood shapes, pony beads, or other small items in the same or very similar colors. rainbow playdough color matching activity
  2. Set up your play-doh. I used half a canister for each color. rainbow playdough color matching and sorting for toddlers
  3. Invite your little genius to come match up some colors.rainbow play dough color matching for toddlers My daughter was into it immediately. She loves pushing small things into play-doh so I knew she would be into this. I was still happy she was enjoying herself. rainbow playdough
  4. Adding the small items works on color matching , shape recognition and of course fine motor skills too.rainbow playdough color sort and match While they add the items try narrating their actions saying things like “You found the blue circle!” and ” You added the red star to the red play-doh.” if you are new to narrating it can feel a little odd but it really helps toddlers and preschool aged kids with vocabulary and it prompts conversation. Older kids will let you know when it’s no longer welcome , trust me .
  5. When she was done with adding the buttons and beads she counted each color. playdough rainbows counting, sorting , matchingWhen we were one she helped me take the items out and put the play-doh away.

Books To Check Out

 

10 books about colors for toddlers and kids

These Books About Colors are my very favorite and all go so well with this activity whether you choose to match up one color or the whole rainbow.