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Rainbow Drops

To prepare: fill a large bowl with assorted colors and sizes of pom-poms. Put the large bowl on a tray or table with an ice-cream scoop/lagre spoon or ladle, a pair of tongs and/or chopsticks, and small bowls. Have the child use the ice-cream scoop to scoop a bunch of pom-poms into a small bowl. Then encourage the child to use the tongs or chopsticks to separate the scoop of pom-poms into different color groups.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Colored Ice Cubes

Ahead of time, you will need to freeze blocks of ice in several colors by adding food coloring. Place all colors in the sensory table. The children love to see what happens as the ice begins to melt the colors together! Freeze colored water in containers with different shapes and sizes. Use rock salt to "glue" the shapes together. As the structure melts, the colors mix to form new ones which is very pretty.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Activities

Mix one box (Knox) gelatin (32pkgs) and 18 cups of water. Pour it into a large container(s). It can be put in a large cooking pot, large plastic bowl or a bundt pan. It does not need to be refrigerated for the gelatin to solidify. It will do it at room temperature overnight. When it is firm, set the container in a little warm water to get the gelatin out. Give the kids food coloring mixed with water and eye droppers or pipettes. Push the pipettes down into the gelatin to release the color. The gelatin is nice and clear and they can see the color injected into it. The kids REALLY love this activity. This is a good activity to do in the sensory table or in a large basin.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Game

Cut a half circle out of each of the following colors of construction paper: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Make each half circle slightly smaller than the one before it. Set out the colorful half-circles and let your children take turns arranging them from large to small, one on top of the other, to make a rainbow!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cooperation Game

Let your children work together to create this rainbow on the floor. Ask your children to look around the room, collect all the red objects in a pile. Repeat with the remaining 5 rainbow colors. Then let your children arrange the objects on the floor in a rainbow shape. First have them put all the red objects in a big arch, then the yellow objects under them and so on, until the rainbow is completed.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow, Rainbow, GOLD!! - game

Play like you would Duck, Duck, Goose!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Stew

1/3 c. sugar
1 c. cornstarch
4 c. cold water

Cook until thick. put in bowls, add food coloring. Put in ziplock baggies. Let the kids play with it while it is in the bags for a neat sensory experience or use it to mix colors.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make a bunch of houses for a flannel board---very basic (square with a triangle roof and a rectangular door) in as many different colors as you like. Then make a mouse that will fit behind the houses. Play a game of hide and seek with the mouse by saying together, "Little mouse, little mouse, are you hiding in the red house?" Then take a red house off and oops.... no mouse there.... continue until you find the little mouse! This is a fun way to learn & review colors! The children enjoy taking turns removing the houses, too!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

How about making playdough in all of the colors of the rainbow. Give each child a small piece of each.

~Submitted by Sheril

Rainbow Activities

Put various colors of beads or sequins in water in the sensory table or basin. Some kinds of beads float, some sink. Extend this activity by adding big clear rubber tubing. If you add basters that fit the tubes, it's really fun to suck the beads back and forth using the force of the basters. The kids will love experimenting with this for the longest time! This activity with silver or other colored reflective mylar in the bottom of the sensory table, adds another fun dimension!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ice Cube Race

Have ice cube races. Make colorful cubes with food dye. Devise an incline using a smooth surface like a vinyl tile. Race the ice cubes down the incline.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Running Rainbows

Materials Needed:
Paper towel tubes (one for each child)
crepe-paper or tissue-paper streamers of various colors

Have the children tape streamers to one end of the paper towel tubes (They can paint the tubes before taping the streamers.) When finished, let the children run in the wind holding the tubes high. Watch the streamers flutter and move.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Wax Paper Fingerpaint

Take large sheets of paper 11x17 and put blobs of paint; different colors sort of in a row w/ an inch or so apart. Then place wax paper of that paper & let the kids move their hands over the wax paper & blend the paint blobs together. Hold down the wax paper or tape it to the table. My kids loved doing it, & since they are used to finger painting were very amazed that there was no paint on their hands! The look on their faces was priceless...They would push the paint around and then lift their hands and look and then look at me...too cute!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

What Makes Black?

Have you ever been asked you what makes the color black? Here's a fun way to answer that question!

You will need:
A white coffee filter
A black marker (Not Permanent)
Coffee cup or mug

Cut a circle out of the coffee filter. (It should be about as big as your open, spread-out hand.) Using the marker, draw a line about one inch up from the bottom of your circle. Put a little water in the bottom of the cup, enough to cover the bottom. Curl the paper (into the shape of a C) so it fits inside the cup. Make sure the bottom of the circle is in the water, the rest should be out of the water, resting against the inside of the cup. Watch as the water flows up the paper. When it touches the black line, different colors will appear. Leave the paper in the water until the colors go all the way to the top edge. Then, count all the colors you see! Black is made up of many different colors. Each color absorbs light, then reflects its color. All colors combined absorb light of many different colors and reflect very little, so you end up with black!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Making Rainbows

Place a small mirror in a glass of water and tilt it against the side of the glass. Then stand the glass in direct sunlight so that the mirror reflects a rainbow on a wall. Name the rainbow colors with the children (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.). Explain that sunlight contains all these colors mixed together, but when it hits the water (or raindrops in the sky) all the colors are separated.

~From EcoArt

Musical Colors

Play this like musical chairs but place a piece of color on the seat of each chair. Have children circle chairs to music. When the music stops, draw a color from a hat and take that chair away.

~Submitted by Cheryl

Colored Feather Game

Cut feather shapes out of selected colors of construction paper and place them in a paper bag. Have the children sit in a circle. Let one child at a time reach in the bag and take out a feather. Explain that in order to keep the colored feather, the child must name something that is a matching color (a red apple, a yellow banana, my blue shirt, etc.). Continue the game as long as desired.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hop On Colors

Paint shapes of different colors on an old sheet (or use an old Twister Game). As you call out the colors, have the children hop on it. Do this with small groups of children at a time, or call children's names to hop on a certain color.

~Submitted by Cheryl

In The Kitchen

Rainbow Yogurt Dessert

* plain yogurt
* yellow food coloring
* red food coloring
* blue food coloring
* green food coloring
* 4 parfait dishes
* rainbow sprinkles

Mix 2 scoops of the yogurt with one color of the food coloring, place into a side bowl. Repeat this process with all colors. Now, take a scoop of the yellow and place into parfait dish first, then a scoop of red, blue, and green. Top off with rainbow sprinkles! Keep chilled.

~Submitted by Carol
Recipe from: http://www.theideabox.com

Rainbow Snow Slushies

Crushed or shaved ice to fill, 2 tall glasses, 2 cups milk, optional flavor, colors or foods, such as food coloring, banana, fruit juices, berries, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons sugar, icecrusher, measuring cups and spoons, tall, large glasses, mixing bowl, blender, fork or whisk, long spoons Crush ice. Add 2 cups of milk to the bowl. Then, add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well with a whisk or fork. Pour the sweetened ice in a blender and blend until slushy and smooth. If desired, blend in any food color, fruit or fruit juice for additional flavor and color. Pour the Snow Slushies into 2 tall glasses. It's fun to make several different colors of Snow Slushies, and then scoop or layer them into tall glasses in rainbow stripes. Layers of different flavors are fun to eat.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow cookies

Cream 1 cup of margarine, 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cups packed brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large bowl. Blend in 3 3/4 cups sifted flour (enriched), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Divide dough into four sections and add a few drops of food coloring to each. On waxed paper, pat colors into strips 8" long, 4" wide, and 1/4" thick. Stack them on top of each other, then refrigerate for a few hours. Cut into 1/4" slices and curve into arches. Baked at 375 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 7 minutes.

~Submitted by Carol

Rainbow Fruit Salad

Ask parents to donate (or buy) various colors of fruit like: Red-strawberries, red apples, Orange-oranges, Yellow-bananas, lemons, Green-green apples, honeydew, Blue-blueberries Violet-grapes, plums

Talk about the various colors as you wash & prepare it. Eat & enjoy!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Jello

Each day for a week, mix up a color of jello (using rainbow colors). Pour small amounts of red in clear cups. Next day add orange. Follow this procedure with all colors. At the end of the week, you have an edible rainbow.

~Submitted by Barb

Rainbow Toast

Paint bread with a milk and food coloring solution in any design. Place in a toaster oven to toast.

~Submitted by Cathy

Rainbow Kebobs

Give each child a strawberry, an orange segment, a pineapple chunk, a green grape, a blueberry, and a purple grape to put onto a toothpick or skewer. Serve w/ a small cup of vanilla yogurt for dipping. Talk w/ the children about the rainbow colors of the fruit.

~Submitted by Anne

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