Need a break from winter weather? How about a game that is fun, easy to play, and teaches your kids the order of colors in 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 offhand 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 and my kids were totally into it!
The die only had 6 sides and we included indigo to make a proper rainbow. I had my kids start with red as the first color and left it off the die. I cut all the paper into squares and taped them on the die.
Time to play. Make a pool of colors and let the youngest roll first. We tried “rock, paper, scissors” to see who goes first but my daughter always chooses rock, so my son wins.
They both needed indigo – nice place to be stuck because it was the color they were the least familiar with. We talked about where it went at length. Finally, someone (can you guess who?) rolled it… and won. We played until my daughter also got indigo and they could both proudly display their rainbows made during this rainbow activity for kids.
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