I wish I hadn't been feeling so under the weather on "Rainbow" day....but I was determined to have storytime because I love holidays. In anticipation of St. Patty's Day next week, we did some rainbow activities today.
Memory Box: Cat (from The Napping House)
The Napping House by Audrey Wood. In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop of number of sleeping creatures causes a comotion....just in time to enjoy a beautiful, sunny rainbow day.
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers.
Animal Colors: A Rainbow of Colors From Animals Around the World by Beth Fielding
After reading Animal Colors, we played a game with some animal clip art that I laminated. I wrote this to rhyme as best I could. Each child got one of seven animals and took turns standing up when they heard THEIR animal. When it wasn't their turn to stand, they still did the motions of the other animals:
The red lobster goes pinch, pinch, pinch
The orange goldfish goes swish, swish, swish
The yellow frog goes hop, hop, hop
The green parrot goes squak, squak, squak
The blue butterfly goes flutter, flutter, flutter
The purple jellyfish flooaaats in the water
Ribbons: We used colorful ribbons to dance to Rainbow Dancers
Flannel: Make a (fruity) rainbow
As we put different fruits into the cauldron and mixed them around, we pulled out the different colors of the rainbow. (Apple, orange, banana and lemmon, pear and lime, blueberries, grapes)
Letter of the Day: Rr for rainbow
I challenged the kids to think of as many animals as possible that start with the letter R