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Rainbow Themed Preschool Activities

March 02, 2015

With all this snow and cold weather we have had lately, I decided to add a little color into our Preschool Plans and work in a Rainbow theme. One highlight of our Rainbow Themed Week was our R is for Rainbow craft!  Nonetheless it was a fun mix of our own activities and others I found searching online.

Here are activities we explored during our week:
Literacy:
R is for Rainbow Craft-- using the age-old marble painting technique.  With 6 marbles and the colors of the rainbow, Little Sis rolled the marbles around spreading rainbow colors all over the letter R.  Once finished, we added some cotton all clouds.
Rainbow Letter Race from Stay at Home Educator
Rainbow Letter Writing from Motherhood on a Dime

Math:
Roll a Rainbow Game from Things to Share and Remember
Rainbow Size Sort Busy Bag: I pulled this out for Little Brother to explore.  I had made it for Little Sis when we were exploring the Letter R in Tot School-- you can also see our pretty tissue paper rainbow craft!

Sensory:
Feather Rainbow Collage-- we created a feather rainbow collage on contact paper; it was not a re-useable activity, but sure was pretty!
Play dough Rainbow from Childcare Land
Pony Bead Rainbow

Just for Fun:
Rainbow Run from Little Family Fun
Rainbow Yogurt Pops inspired by these Rainbow Pudding Pops from Random Thoughts of a Supermom { I just subbed vanilla Greek yogurt for the pudding! }
Tissue Paper Color Wheel
Hope we have inspired some rainbow themed learning activities for you to do with your tot/preschoolers!

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Write a Simple Color Poem

February 25, 2015

It's the end of February and we are back sharing a book and activity as part of the monthly online book club, Poppins Book Nook.  This months theme was Poetry and I decided to revisit an activity we have done in the past.... read Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days and write a simple color poem.
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My Many Colored Days is unlike many other Dr. Seuss books, but it still is a treasure to read to explore emotions, colors, description words, poetry, and much more! In the book, Dr. Seuss uses colors to describe feelings, for instance:
On bright red days, 
how good it feels 
to be a horse
and kick my heels!

To explore this month's theme of poetry with our chosen book, I made a Color Poem template and then worked through the poem with my 7 year old son.  There is no right or wrong way to complete this poem, however I did encourage my son to think of specific things that were such colors.  It would be easy to simply write "Orange is a table, pencil, shirt.. etc," so I helped him brainstorm different things that were color specific.  Questions to ask to get more specific answers:
1. What is Orange?
2. What does Red remind you of?
3. How do you feel when you see yellow?
.....
This activity could be used to explore emotions, too just like the book!   The main thing to remember that poetry is all about the experience/ reality of the writer!

Once my son completed his poem, I envisioned him using the different colors to paint a picture around his poem.  Here it is:

If you would like to make a color poem, I've made our Color Poem template available to you!  Just click the link:

And take some time to see how the other co-hosts of the Poppins Book Nook chose to explore this month's theme: Poetry!
The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God�s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy�s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy�s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A �Peace� of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama



 
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Tissue Paper Color Wheel

February 23, 2015

When Big Brother was younger we always had fun exploring colors by mixing them different ways.  I loved doing activities that involved the Color Wheel, and he was just as fascinated!  Fast forward and Little Sis is now at this fun exploratory age and to add a little color into our winter days, we worked on mixing colors to showcase the primary colors and then used those to make our secondary colors-- green, purple, and blue!
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Materials Needed:
Water
Paper Plate
Pen

We have had fun playing with bleeding tissue paper before, have you?  You'll need this type of tissue paper for this color wheel activity, or else how we describe the activity will not work for you.  I pulled out a red, yellow, and blue sheet from our stash and we were ready for this simple and fun way to explore the color wheel!

I drew lines on a paper plate to separate our colors, and in one pie "slice" ripped up some red tissue paper, one slice had yellow, and another blue.  

Once our primary colors were laid on, we laid pieces of red and yellow in between our red and yellow slices and so on with the other colors....  

I didn' have a squirt bottle, so we just brushed our tissue paper with water and then let it dry.

Once semi-dry, we peeled off our tissue paper, and our beautiful color wheel appeared!
Do you enjoy exploring colors with your little ones, too?  I'd love for you to share more ideas!
 
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Personalized Thing 1 and Thing 2 Craft and Cutting Activity

February 20, 2015

We adore many books by Dr. Seuss, don't you?! Back when Big Brother was four we took a week and completed many different kinds of learning inspired activities for several of his books.  You can check out our week long fun with Dr. Seuss here!  For Little Sis I decided to put together a craft and cutting Activity based on Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the book, The Cat in the Hat.
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To make your own personalized Thing One and Thing Two craft, you'll need:
a paper tube {or two}
Black Marker
Picture of your child's face
Once the materials are gathered, paint about 1/3 of the paper tube blue and the rest red.  I ended up painting the tubes myself, but this could easily be set up for your child to complete.  Let the blue and red dry for a bit and then paint a white circle near the bottom of the red half of the paper tube.  Then write Thing 1 or Thing 2 in the white circle.  To personalize your Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft, tape a picture of your child's face onto the paper tube!

To add some fine motor practice into this activity, give your child a pair of scissors for some cutting practice!  In hindsight, I would suggest pre-drawing lines on the blue part of the tube to guide your child in his/her cutting skills.  Or, just do as I did and hand over the scissors and encourage them to make some crazy hair by cutting vertical lines all around the blue portion of paper tube.
 Little Brother and Little Sis enjoyed this simple cutting activity.  Great way to practice cutting skills and make a cute keepsake craft!
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Corduroy Inspired Bear Theme Activities

February 19, 2015

We shared our Textured Bear Craft for the book, Corduroy a few days ago.  Today I am sharing a bit more about how the rest of our week went.... there were plenty of activities to keep Little Sis and Baby Brother occupied!  Most were set up with Little Sis in mind, but Baby Brother enjoyed playing with the teddy bear counters and digging through a box of buttons for one of the printable activities!
Math:  
Sort colored bears into the matching colored house
Button counting -- Instead of adding buttons to the bears to practice counting, we played a game of hide and seek; Little Sis and I took turns hiding a button underneath one of the bears and we had to guess which bear the button was under.  That was a bit more interactive for her!
Teddy Bear Number Game -- We took turn rolling the die and adding that many teddy bear counters to our bear.  First one to 10 won!
Literacy:
A couple of Letter B Printables from 1+1+1=1 -- Letter B Maze and Search and Find Letter B
B is for Bear Craft -- using a large letter b template, I had Little Sis paint the bear brown using a fork!  Once it dried, we added some ears, eyes, and a pink nose.  Oh how I miss doing Letter of the Week crafts!! I think we will start adding them in being that she loves to craft!
Art: 
Textured Bear Craft inspired by Corduroy's name!
Just for Fun:  
Pre-Sewing Tray
Peanut Butter Button Cookies:  My kiddos love helping in the kitchen, so being inspired by Corduroy's lost button we made up some delicious button cookies!  My older two insisted on making a couple of the buttons smiley faces instead : )

Helpful links that made our week a success:
Coraline Cookies {button cookies} from Bakerella
Textured Bear Craft from School Time Snippets
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