Do your children ask you “What comes next?” in the colors of the rainbow? Do they ask you again and again and again? Mine do! 4 and 5-year olds especially seem to be interested in the order of the colors. Finally, I created this printable poster or cheat sheet for them to look at when they are drawing rainbows so they can make a rainbow independently. The Colors of the Rainbow Printable is helpful for them, for you AND it looks cute on the wall!
I received curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences in using the curriculum. I applied to be an official Mother Goose Time blogger and will continue to share my experiences throughout the 2014/15 school year.
I’m excited to be an ambassador for Mother Goose Time! I’ve been using their curriculum for most of the 10 years I’ve been in the child care business. I find it saves me a lot of time and is fun for the kids. Also, it has a very professional presentation for the parents – they are all very excited about our activities. The following is a review of the Weather All Around Us Mother Goose Time Curriculum from October.
I will be blogging more in detail of our weekly activities in November when we start the Rainforest Adventure theme, but I want to share some of what we did in October with the Weather All Around Us theme. It was a great month of learning!
The following photos are just highlights of week 1- the curriculum includes much more! Some of these ideas are mine that I added for my group.
Week 1: Weather
Rays of the Sun Game (I guess this activity was actually on the day we covered Summer). Pick a number & count out the number of rays for the sun.
Playing with scarves, ribbons and a fan to create wind! This activity was a big hit.
Cloud dough (cornstarch & hair conditioner)
Cloud sculptures made with cornstarch noodles, (Magic Nuudles) hanging on our mobile
“Clouds” Shaving cream sensory play
Painting letter C with “clouds” – Fiberfill clipped to a clothespin
What can we pull on a sled?
Decorating sleds with snowflake stamps
Rain & Rainbows
Raindrop painting with droppers & liquid watercolors
Finished raindrop clouds
After making raindrops on our clouds, we used a piece of paper to make a print since the clouds were very wet with paint. After it dried, we glued the cloud frame over top. I asked each child “If it’s raining and you can’t play outside, what would you do instead?” I loved this answer from a 3 year old!
Coloring letter R with rainbow crayons
There’s so much more included in the Mother Goose Time Curriculum – this was just a few highlights from week one! Watch for more to come.
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Simple Rainbow Mosaics are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! Mess free, simple and attractive when complete. Explore colors of the rainbow, shapes and work on fine motor development.
Making Rainbow Mosaics
- Contact paper
- Shapes of construction paper in rainbow colors (or any variation)
- Tape down Contact paper sticky side up to table
- Arrange colors on sticky paper
- Laminate or cover with more Contact paper. Our Contact paper is old and not so adhesive any more so I laminated ours. It makes it sturdier.
Our rainbow mosaics are displayed on this photo mobile, which has been a wonderful addition to our room!
Got to love Pinterest! I found this idea there, originally from Praises of a Wife & Mommy . It’s quick to pull together and finish but allows older ones to put the colors in order and the younger ones love to glue! Very cherry for these dreary March days.
Take Art Outdoors with Snow Paint Markers!
How fun are these snow paint markers?! It’s fun to create art outside and fresh snow is a perfect canvas. I found them on clearance at a local store so I thought we’d give them a try. My group loved them! Very vibrant colors.
Mostly the children squirted coloring all around making trails and then trading colors. Some of the older ones attempted pictures or designs. I showed them how they could make rainbows in the snow.
We will soon be out of coloring so I’m going to try Kool-Aid packets in them next time. I’ll update this post once we try that so you can see how it worked out. **Kool-Aid works great too!
They are available on Amazon if you can’t find them. The reviews on Amazon aren’t very good but I don’t agree, we had a great experience with them! They are much easier for little ones to use than spray bottles.
It’s still very much winter here and we have more snow coming tomorrow.