Spring is almost here and along with it, comes all kind of awesomeness, including rainbows, of course. Here is a sweet and fun lesson my 3-year old toddler and I did together this afternoon. We share some of our activities and books to read. We hope you enjoy it.
To begin our lesson, we talked about rainbows and colors and how rainbows form. We talked about the colors we see in the rainbow and which are our personal favorites (red for me, purple for her, in case you were interested).
We used the mini wooden rainbow. We love it because it is perfect for small hands. The colors are vivid and easy to spot. There are so many fun things to do with it!
We also practiced lacing beads and patterning, imitating the order of the rainbow colors. This is such a great activity for toddlers to practice their finger grip, their coordination, patience and, of course, creating their own jewelry! This is our favorite lacing beads set because the beads are colorful, wooden and safe (no choking hazard).
One book that we really love and read over and over again is God Must Really Love Colors. It is so simple, so sweet and so endearing. It is a great way to learn colors and learn about Who made colors, too!
While reading the book God Must Really Love Colors, Sister wanted to match up the mini wooden rainbow bows to each color on this page and then the wanted to match the wooden lacing beads to the colors on this page. So sweet! It was a great way for me to assess that she actually knows the colors and can match them up, even if the shades differ some.
We like the book I am a Rainbow because it talks about feelings and connects feelings to colors (mad to red, sad to blue, etc). It is a great visual for all children, especially for those who aren’t able to verbalize what they are feeling.
What Makes a Rainbow? is the coolest book on the block. It actually creates a rainbow with ribbon. One color on the rainbow is added with every turn of the page. We are fascinated by it!
And last, but certainly not least, we have One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
What do you think? Will you try some of these rainbow activities with your toddler? Have you come up with any on your own? Share with us in the comments below! 🙂
Don’t forget to look at our other rainbow and color posts! 🙂