With St. Patrick's Day around the corner we've been having fun with some rainbow themed projects.
This one is not only super fun but also ties in art, open ended dictation, and serves as a great story extension activity.
We started by reading the story A Rainbow Of My Own by Don Freeman
Afterwards we talked about the story and I asked the girls if they wanted to catch a rainbow. Of course they both said yes and I told them I would show them how they could catch a rainbow of their very own.
Ahead of time I chose 5 different paint colors of the rainbow and squeezed each color onto paper. I used a small paint brush to paint a color on each girls hand and then they made a print.
They were delighted to see their handprint with colors of the rainbow on the paper. I said "You caught I rainbow, now that are you going to do with it?" This was the open ended question I chose to ask but you obviously can ask anything you want another idea is to say "How did you catch the rainbow?" Really any open ended question that will encourage creativity will do.
Once they answered the question I wrote their words down exactly as they said it and then I read it back to them. This is where the dictation part comes into play. It's so important for children to see their words being written down. It now only demonstrates that print has meaning but also is a great way to encourage self esteem- your words are important, what you say is important, I'm going to write them down.
For added fun I tied in sensory play with soap and water waiting in a bin when we were done to wash hands and play!
The girls had a blast with this one!
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