Colours of the rainbow

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By Nina Filipekfreelance education writer and supply teacher

Bring some colour to your setting with these rainbow-themed activities

Rainbow image

Rainbow area

Explain to the children that a rainbow is an arch of colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet), which appears in the sky when the sun’s rays reflect falling rain.

Create a large 3D rainbow arching over one corner of your setting. Bend strips of corrugated cardboard in rainbow colours, and staple them to adjacent walls. Place a crock of gold at the end of the rainbow – gold chocolate coins in a drawstring pouch or box would be perfect!

Provide a selection of rainbow-themed books, as well as some rainbow-coloured items for dressing up, and colouring materials for the children to create their own rainbows. Furnish the area with rainbow-coloured accessories.

Suggested resources

Corrugated strips of cardboard in different colours; stapler (adult use); rainbow-themed picture books, for example, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North South Books) and Elmer by David McKee (Andersen Press); rainbow-coloured items, for example, rainbow-striped socks, scarves, gloves and hats; photos or pictures of rainbows; different-coloured crayons, paints and paper; rainbow-coloured accessories such as furnishings, cushions, fabric and seating.

1 A million chameleons

Share a story about colour

Communication, Language and Literacy

Linking Sounds and Letters

Development matters: listen to and enjoy rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories (16-26 months); show interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes (22-36 months).

Early learning goal: hear and say sounds in words in the order in which they occur.

What you need

Group size: large group.

Copy of A Million Chameleons by James Young (Picture Mammoth); large space to move around in.

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