R is for Rainbow

~Malachi is 4 years ~
ABC Book:
Rainbow R's

Memory Verse:
From Sing the Word A-Z
Remember the Sabbath Day. 
By keeping it holy I say.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the 7th day is the Sabbath, to the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath Day.
By keeping it holy I say.
Exodus twenty verse eight nine and ten,
The 7th day is the Sabbath to the Lord your God. . .

Story Time:
A Rainbow of My Own, by Don Freeman
Rainbow (Wonders of Nature), Dana Meachen Rau
The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Phister
Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
The Beginners Bible - Noah's Ark


Beautiful Rainbow's Came One day the sun was shining bright (hold up right hand like blocking sunlight) But some clouds came along and it became black as night (Hold up left hand for the clouds) Then the rain began to sprinkle onto the ground (wiggle fingers for the rain coming down) And soon it was raining all over the town. But when the clouds had passed on by (move both hands to one side) A big beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky (make a rainbow arc with your hands)

Arc of Colors By Marquerite Chase McCue I'm red, orange, yellow curving hues, With strips of ribbon green and blue. I'm a blending band of indigo, My violet stripe is last to show. Arc of colors, what am I? I'm a Rainbow in the sky!

Roy G. Biv Roy G. Biv is an odd name for a fellow. But what his name means is Red - Orange - Yellow The G is for Green which as you may know, Comes right in the middle of every rainbow. Next, Blue and Indigo, more pale than dark. Then V for Violet - And that completes the arc!

The Rainbow Song (Tune: Jesus Loves Me) Red, orange, green, and blue Shiny yellow, purple, too. All the colors that you know Show up in the Rainbow.

Get Ready for the Code Activities:
Tracing the letter r with his finger.

Vocabulary words introduced in this lesson include: radio, rain, rake, ring, rope, rocket and rainbow.  But, we focused mainly on rainbow.  This is the last letter of book A. We will move on to book B - Get Set for the Code next. 

Fun Activities:
Making Rainbow Pasta
For dinner one night, we made rainbow shells and cheese.
Meringue drop cookies look like clouds!
We have made a version of this recipe called Chocolate Chip Forgotten cookies, so we added white chocolate chips for the raindrops.

Art: Color Mixing
We took the 3 primary colors, red, yellow and blue, and mixed them to make the secondary colors. Then I gave Malachi the primary colors and a cookie cutter R to make rainbow R's.  The three colors mixed to make a rainbow of colored R's!

Rainbow R's 

Rainbow Crayons
We all got in on this project!

We peeled the wrappers off of broken red, yellow and blue crayons and melted them to make recycled crayons. I thought the primary colors would mix more to make a rainbow of colors, but the mixing was only slight. 

We ended up making more with many different colors and they came out so pretty!

They stacked up so nicely when they were done and made for some fun crayons.  
Rainbow Glue

We colored bottles of glue with the colors of a rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Violet, Indigo, Blue) using food coloring and Mali used it to make a rainbow sprinkled with glitter.

Making Rainbow's
On a sunny day, we placed a small mirror in a glass bowl of water so that the mirror rested against the side of the bowl. We set the bowl in direct sunlight and made pretty rainbows! (I was really impressed with how well this worked). 

Lapbook Activities: 

Rainbow Shape Book

I learned how to make a shape book from Lapbook Lessons.

I used this rainbow as my cover and stapled the top before I cut it. I also stapled the paper on the edges so the layers would be even and it would be easier to cut out.

Then, we used the Color Matching Cards from Our Homeschool Creations to fill the pages with pictures that match the color and Mali colored the colors of the rainbow. We used purple for indigo and violet, which reminds me - I had a fun time explaining to Mali the difference between indigo and violet - they both looked purple to him. :-)

I used the same cards and laminated them for Eliana, who is two. Here she is playing with them. Mali is helping.

 I then decided to tuck them into library pockets that I cut out of cardstock and then glued in a file folder.  I thought this would be a great way to store them and also for Eliana to work on a couple colors at a time - they were a little overwhelming all at once!

RoyGBiv mini book. (Link below)

The finished Rainbow lapbook!

Delightful Links:
Everything Preschool Rainbow Theme Teaching Hearts Rainbow Unit


  1. That is SOOOOOOO awesome. I love it and I want to go to school with M & E.

  2. You are amazing and so creative! I love it all!!

  3. Wow Wow Wow - what a fun unit!

    We used to do that with crayons as a kid. I should do that with my kids soon - they'd love it!

  4. Great ideas! Can you tell me more about melting old crayons?