So in celebration of the letter "R," we expanded upon our gardening theme and talked about rainbows. On our way home from a drive in the car, we even got to see an amazingly, beautiful full rainbow arch bending over our town. It was breath-taking and the timing was priceless. June Bug could hardly contain her excitement!
"I planted, [another] watered, but God made it grow."
1 Corinthians 3:6
"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of my promises between me and Earth."
Noah's Ark and the Rainbow Promise
Genesis 9: 8-17
1. Print template #1 and template #2.
2. Have your tot apply some glue to the tab on the ark and glue in the center behind the
3. Apply glue to the ends of the rainbow and position and glue each cloud.
4. Glue cotton balls to the clouds, then and glue the Bible verse on top of the left cloud
and "God Keeps His Promises" on top of the right cloud.
LETTER OF THE WEEK: R
- R is for rainbow. (Rainbow coloring sheet)
- R is for red. (using various red materials,
have your tot create a collage.)
- R is for raspberries. (see Food Fun)
- R is for rectangle.
Great Big Rainbow- Jean Warren
(Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot)
There's a great, big rainbow
In the sky,
With pretty colors
Way up high.
When it starts to rain
And the sun comes out-
A beautiful rainbow
Will pop out!
Red and orange
Green and blue
All the colors that we know
Live up in the rainbow
- white paper
- various colored paints in small dishes, each with a sponge
- green construction paper cut to be stems
How to make:
1. Have your tot glue the green construction paper stems onto her paper.
2. Using a small sponge, have your tot create flowers in various colors.
COMPUTER EXPLORATIONS: Color the Rainbow with Freda the Frog
What you will need:
- white construction paper
- tissue paper in rainbow colors in small
- water and glue mixture to make a paste
The girls really did a good job matching the tissue paper with the labeled strip on the rainbow. They both are very successful at matching colors.
June Bug loves to paint. She loves choosing which paint brush she is going to use and often switches brushes a few times throughout her creative process. She will pause, look up at me, and say, "Mama, switch?" I know that is my cue to offer her a new instrument. :-)
Leila's interest in painting depends on the day. Today, mid-project, she took a little break and went and built a tower with the blocks and then came back over and finished up her project. Gluing, however, Leila could do all day long! She loves squeezing the bottle, watching the glue pour out, feeling its texture, and placing (and then pulling off) the objects on her paper.
I love having the opportunity to see these two interact with each other and various projects and situations. It is so interesting to watch their individual personalities unfold.
1. Talk to your tot about rainbows.
2. Using markers, draw a rainbow
labeling the colors with the
appropriate colored marker.
3. Have your tot lay pieces of tissue
paper in each color of the rainbow,
4. Have your tot paint the tissue paper
in place with the paste mixture.
I told the girls we were going to do an experiment. "An experiment, Mama?" June Bug replied with her big blue inquisitive eyes. The girls helped me fill the glasses with water and we laid them across the table. They were so intrigued as the water slowly changed colors with each drop of food coloring I added. This was so much fun. Then the girls helped me put a few flowers in each glass. So far, its been four days and no results. I guess we are going to just have to be patient. I sure hope the flowers don't die before the petals change color...
I guess that is part of being a scientist, though. Some experiments don't go as planned.
What you will need:
- 6 white flowers
- 6 clear glasses
- food coloring
How to create:
1. Fill glasses with water. In each glass; pour 1-2 drops of the desired food coloring.
2. Place one white flower in each individual glass.
3. Wait for the experiment to reveal itself. :-)
FOOD FUN: Raspberry Lemon Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup evaporated raw cane sugar or 1/3 cup fruit syrup
1 large egg
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup raspberries
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and egg whites in
stages. Mix in the lemon juice and zest. Combine the flour and baking soda. Mix the dry
ingredients into the batter. Mix in the white chocolate chips. Fold in the raspberries. Portion the
cookies and bake for 7-10 minutes.