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March is a great time to learn about rainbows! St. Patrick’s Day includes the symbol of the rainbow for finding the pot of gold. March is also a good time to do a theme on weather, rain and rainbows.
Rainbow Songs and Fingerplays
Rainbow Song (Tune: Hush, Little Baby) Rainbow purple Rainbow blue Rainbow green And yellow too Rainbow orange Rainbow red Rainbow shining overhead. Come and count The colors with me How many colors Can you see? 1 – 2 – 3 on down to green 4 – 5 – 6 colors can be seen! Rainbow purple Rainbow blue Rainbow green And yellow too Rainbow orange Rainbow red Rainbow shining overhead.
Oh Rainbow (Tune: Tune: O Christmas Tree) Oh rainbow, oh rainbow, How lovely are your colors. Oh rainbow, oh rainbow, How lovely are your colors. Purple, red and orange, too, Yellow, green and blue so true. Oh rainbow, oh rainbow, How lovely are your colors.
Rainbow Math and Science
Skittle Math Have a jar filled with
Skittles. Let children estimate how many Skittles they think are in the
jar. Sort and make patterns with the Skittles.
Make a Rainbow Cover the end of a
flashlight in painters tape leaving only a slit, for light to shine
through. Place a handheld mirror in a bowl of water. Shine the light
onto the mirror through the water. Hold a white piece of paper to catch
the reflection and it will look like a rainbow.
Rolling Rainbows Fill clear plastic
soda bottles with water and put mosaic tiles in them. Allow children to
roll the bottles and watch the rainbow colors swirl.
Rainbow Rice Dye white rice to create rice of each color of the rainbow. Mix all rice together and add to the sensory table.
Rainbow Magic Needed: Whole milk, Food coloring, Clear bowl or pie plate, Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (blue).
the milk in the bottom of the dish enough to cover the bottom. Add a
few drops of food coloring randomly. Put a drop of Dawn on each color or
on the side of the dish near each color. Watch! Although you cannot see
it, milk contains fat that do not mix with the watery food coloring.
Whenever the dishwashing liquid touches the milk, it breaks up the fat
which then spreads out. This allows the food color and milk to mix. It
will continue on for quite a while. The children can leave and come back
and it still will be in motion. The children will find this amazing
& some children will watch for a long time. (Be sure to use BLUE
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid).
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December is time for celebrations for many cultures and lights play a large role in many holidays including:
Christmas- In the past, trees were decorated with candles, which symbolized Christ being the light of the world.
Hanukkah-For eight days , Jewish people light a special candle holder called a Menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in the temple.
Kwanzaa-It is celebrated in part by lighting a candle holder called a Kinara.
Christmas Lights-Ask children to use colored paint to make thumbprints on the paper and then you can use a marker to draw a line and connect them to look like a string of lights.
Hanukkah Lights-Children can make their own menorah using clay or dough to hold the candles
Kwanzaa Lights-Children can decorate recycled paper tubes to create their own Kinara
tune- “Frere Jacques” Eight Candles, eight candles, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. Hanukkah is here, We celebrate each year. Hanukkah, Hanukkah. Eight candles, eight candles, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. We count the lights, Shining so bright. Hanukkah,Hanukkah.
tune- “Three Blind Mice” Red, green, black, Red, green, black. Kwanzaa’s here, Kwanzaa’s here. The decorations are quite a sight, We light a candle every night, The holiday is filled with light. Kwanzaa’s here