What makes a Rainbow is my all time favorite Rainbow book, I don’t care what age you are, the ribbons are magic.
R is for Rainbow Art Activity
BUILDING SKILLS: Writing: Letter formation and recognition, fine motor
Science: color mixing experimentation
Math: Counting ribbon colors, counting the colors used.
- A letter R cut out for each child (free printable)
- R is for Rainbow Template (free printable)
- Oil Pastels
- Glue Stick
- Cloth for wiping fingers off
- Read Over the Rainbow a few times over one week. During these readings, children count the ribbon colors.
- After final reading, introduce rainbow colors and talk about color mixing.
- Demonstrate how to smudge and mix colors using oil pastels.
- Tell children we are going to make our own rainbows with oil pastels. We can smudge our rainbows, and mix the colors if we want to.
- The child identifies the letter and glues onto template letter R.
- The child chooses an oil pastel and traces the attached letter R, with proper letter formation.
- Show children where to make their rainbows on the page.
- Then, they go for it!
- Use math again to ask the child to count what colors they used.
LINK FOR DIRECT DOWNLOAD TEMPLATES BELOW THE Word Picture
This link is the Letter R’s to cut out page
This link is for the drawing page
Again, a great fill in activity that I save for schedule changes, especially. Or a supplemental activity. I started making my own because any of the I Spy printables I found had so many objects, it was cumbersome and took forever. I tested them on my advanced 4yo preschooler and while he completed it, most preschoolers would have been bored. There are far more effective ways to teach counting! Mainly I use it as a different way to reinforce number formation (recognition). Enough jabbering, direct download below the leprechaun..wheeee
P.S. If you want the critical thinking part of “I Spy”, Highlights magazine offers a great series for critical thinking, including their infamous “hidden pictures”, for free in weekly email subscription.