Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rainbow Week

Our focus in Tot School this week was RAINBOWS!  We had lots of fun and did several new activities, as well as some of our favorites.  Here are are few of the things we did.
Super Tot still loves most sorting activities.  I had him sort buttons by color into a muffin tin this week.  I cut round circles of construction paper and placed them in the bottoms of the cups for him to match the colors.
 Both kids enjoyed our new Rainbow Sensory Bin.  You can read all about it here.

I made Super Tot a Colors Sticker Book.  There was one page spread for each color of the rainbow, and a "rainbow" page at the end.  He loves stickers and enjoyed finding them for each color page.
I saw this idea for a rainbow collage here, and immediately knew we were going to make our own.  I started by cutting a half circle out of cardboard.  Then, I painted the rainbow stripes and collected miscellaneous craft and scrap supplies for each color.  We did one color at a time and the kids had a blast.  We are thrilled with the finished product and have it on display over our mantel!
Super Tot had fun with his Do-A-Dot painters.  I wanted him to make a rainbow, so I started by doing the red row of dots.  I asked him to do a row of orange under the red, and so on.  He wasn't really interested in doing it my way, so I ended up helping for most of the rainbow.  

We practiced folding wash cloths this week, which was cute.  These washcloths are a super Tot Tool and are available  here.
I demonstrated how to fold (1/2, then 1/2 again), and asked Super Tot to fold his own.  They didn't look pretty, but I think he did a GREAT job, especially for his first time!  
His finished pile of folded wash cloths:

I wanted to do a mosaic rainbow craft, so I had Super Tot help me tear up pieces of construction paper.  I thought he would love tearing the paper, but he actually got frustrated and didn't seem to enjoy it much at all. 

For the mosaic rainbow, I helped Super Tot help make an arch out of glue.  Then I told him what color to make the arch, and he got the correct bowl of torn up paper.  Then he just went to work covering the glue with the papers.  When he was finished with each row, we would move on and do the next.  Once he finished the actual rainbow, he glued white cotton balls at each end for the clouds.  He was VERY excited about his "ray-bow" and wanted me to put it up in our school room.  

Super Tot's rainbow:

I finally made Super Tot a color wheel to use with his colored clothes pins.  First, I cut a circle out of cardboard.  Then, I measured and marked my sections.  All that was left was to paint!  I used the same acrylic paints that I used when I painted the clothes pins, so they are a perfect match.  Super Tot was very excited as he watched me paint the color wheel and ran into the school room after his nap to see if it was dry.  He loved this activity and wanted to do it every day.

Princess and I made homemade crayons this week, which was a lot of fun.  You can read all about them here.  They turned out very pretty, and Super Tot really enjoyed them.

It was another great week!  To see what other moms are doing with their tots, click here or on the button below.


  1. These are great activities! We're doing a Noah's Ark/Rainbow theme in a couple weeks. I will definitely be using your rainbow collage (with all the scrap materials). I was thinking about doing a color book and assembling one page each day, but I LOVE how your rainbow turned out. We will have to that instead.

    Also, I was kind of at a loss for ideas for my little guy and this post gave me some creative inspiration. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. P.S. Love all the colorful washcloths! Where did you find them?

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  4. I love your rainbow theme activities! Last week we got to see a rainbow outside our window and Bee wasn't too interested but maybe focusing on it in tot school would help! I love the art activities, songs, and clothespin sorter! Thank you so much for the great ideas!

  5. Great week! I really like the collages.

  6. LOVE the folding washcloths activity! SOOO cute!

  7. How fun to do all about rainbows! I love it! You have some great ideas! :)

  8. What a fun week!!
    I've read that, at this age, tearing paper can be pretty difficult! But it is a great fine motor skill!

  9. I love the washcloth activity! Going to try that soon.

  10. Okay, now those washcloths are in my amazon cart. LOL Too cute! And I love the sticker book too. What a fun week!

  11. Love all your activities!!! Definitely bookmarking these. :) Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us, especially those of us who are lacking some weeks! ;)

  12. LOVE the rainbow sensory bin, what a great idea!

  13. Great activities!! I love the color sticker book you made! Sweet Girl goes through stickers like crazy too! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Such a fun week. I love the washcloth idea along with washing the body parts. All the different rainbow crafts were great.

  15. Wow, such great ideas! Love the rainbow collage, so cool! And I think I am going to "borrow" your idea for Super Tots color sticker book. We are taking it a little slower, 2 colors a week but this would be great to add to as we focus on each color and then have a nice big book when we are done. Also love the color sorting works, which we might have to do once we go through all the colors and get good at them. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  16. Fabulous post!

    Love the washcloth idea! I bet he loved that it was interactive with you too!

    The muffin tin sorting is great too and the sticker book is very clever!

    Thanks for sharing!


  17. What great ideas! I hope to see you link it up this week on Made by Little Hands Monday!
    Have a great day!

  18. Love the rainbow theme! I love the washcloth idea too! Going to add those to our wish list. Thanks for the idea!

  19. What wonderful ideas! I love your object rainbow!


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