Preschool Blog

Textured Rainbow

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve added another decoration to our collection! This one took a few days to make, but we think it was worth the effort!

Olivia’s favorite color changes from day to day. She will often say that her favorite color is “every color of the rainbow.” I can’t really blame her. It’s hard to chose just one! 

This week’s craft was a rainbow, made from all different materials that we already had in the house. Olivia had fun feeling and describing the texture of the materials, before gluing or sticking them on to her rainbow. When we reached the blue, she decided she wanted to make a pattern (at least until she ran out of the stickers that she was using). 

To make this craft, I used a large sheet of paper from Olivia’s easel, and drew a rainbow on it. I know that it’s not perfect, but that was one of the things that I really liked about this project. It didn’t have to be perfect, and it still turned great! 

I gathered lots of different materials and sorted them by color. You could have your child do the sorting depending on their age and level of attention. I knew that if I had Olivia do the sorting, she would be done working for the day, and we’d have to continue the craft another day. 

I put the materials for each color in their own bowls. Unfortunately we don’t have bowls in all of the colors of the rainbow, but this worked, too. Some of the things we used were stickers, pieces of paper, (construction, card stock, and tissue paper), felt, pom poms, and buttons. 

Olivia worked on one color of the rainbow at a time, beginning with red and ending with purple. 

I was really impressed by her ability to sit and stay focused on the activity. However, even with her ability to sit for a long period of time, it still took us three separate sessions to complete the project. You may want to make a smaller rainbow if you are hoping to finish the project quickly, or have a little one who really likes to be on the move all the time. 

Olivia was very excited at how her rainbow turned out. She insisted that we put it right on the wall and showed Daddy as soon as he got home from work! 

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