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BLAST Early Learning
Under the Rainbow

Books:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by Bill Martin, Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

 

Food For Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts For Growing Minds Food for Thought: The Complete Book Of Concepts for Growing Minds by Saxton Freymann

Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes and opposites.

 

Rhyme:

This Little Chick

(Felt Board Rhyme)

This little chick is black.
She stands in the barnyard on a big hay stack.
This little chick is brown.
She is feeling sad and wearing a frown.
This little chick is yellow.
She's friends with the rooser; he's a handsome fellow.
This little chick is white.
She dances and plays, oh what a sight.
This little chick is purple.
She spends her day running around in a circle.
This little chick is green.
She is the prettiest chick I've ever seen.
This little chick is blue.
She lays eggs for me and you.
This little chick is pink.
She goes down to the point to get a drink.
All of these chicks live at the farm,
Out in the big red barn.

 

Song:

Rainbow Fun

(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

I know the colors for rainbow fun,
Green like grass and yellow sun,
An orange pumpkin and white snow,
A red rose and a black crow,
Blue like a mailbox, brown like an ape,
A pink pig and some purple grapes.

 

Vocabulary Word:

Holler: 1. to shout; 2. to yell.

Example: "and I heard my mama holler like I never did before"
(taken from I Ain't Gonna Pint No More! by Karen Beaumont)

 

Activities:

Rainbow Water

Cut up little pieces of square paper. Using a marker, completely color the square with a color. Make one red, another yellow, and another blue. Make one part red and part yellow (to make orange). Take another and make that yellow and blue (to make green). Take another and color it blue and red (to make purple/violet). You can do other colors, black, brown, pink, etc. Place some water in each of the cups or containers. Have the child drop the pieces of paper in small cups or containers. You will see the water change colors and what color it makes.

Torn Paper Plate Rainbow

Cut the paper plate in half. Make a rainbow shape. Punch a hole in the middle of the paper plate so you can hang it with yarn. Have pieces of different colors of torn construction paper or you can have the child/children help you tear pieces of paper. Place some glue onto a piece paper. Place a cotton swab in it and then on the paper. Have the child place it on the back of the paper plate to make a rainbow.

Rainbow Wheel

For each wheel: Divide a large piece of round cardboard into 6 sections. Color each section a color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). Color 3 wooden clothes pins to match each color. Put the clothes pins in a container. Place the rainbow wheel and clothes pins on the table. Have the children squeeze the clothes pins open and slip them on the edge of the matching colored section of the rainbow wheel. Continue until all the clothes pins have been matched.

Kool-Aid Rainbows

Let the children sprinkle different colors of dry Kool-aid or other dry drink crystals on a piece of paper. Supply them with spray bottles filled with water, show them what happens when they spray the drink crystals. Add a bit of oil to the water bottles, shake well and spray...what happens now??

 

Literature:

Color Zoo Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes that form animal faces when placed on to of one another.

 

The Everything Book The Everything Book by Denise Fleming

A collection of simple words which introduce colors, shapes, numbers, animals, food, and nursery rhymes.

 

My World of Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue My World of Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue
by Margaret Wise Brown
Rhyming verses describe things that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, gray, white, and pink.

Witzy's Colors by Suzy Spafford

Introduces a variety of animals and invites the reader to complete a statement about color, such as what color a ladybug is, using the color wheel.