Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Book of the Month: What Makes a Rainbow?

What Makes a Rainbow?
Written by Betty Ann Schwartz 
Illustrated by Dona Turner 

What makes a rainbow?  This is the question asked by a little rabbit to his mother after a rainstorm.  He finds his answer by asking his appropriately colored friends. Each page opens reveals a different colored ribbon layer until a rainbow is created.  Perfect interactive book for a toddler or preschooler learning his/her colors with an added bonus of a quick science lesson of what really makes a rainbow.   With St. Patty’s just around the corner, “What Makes a Rainbow” is a perfect March book.   

Rainbow Activity:
This activity was found at Baby Toddler Book Club blog but can be easily adapted to toddlers and preschoolers.  The creative mommies at Baby Toddler Book Club made ribbon book marks and used them as a matching tool for color identification.

Image Source: Toddler Baby Book Club blog
You can also make these Rainbow Rings made of scrap ribbon and dollar store curtain rings.  We found them at Make and Takes.  Kids can use as a matching tool or to just dance around with!

Source: Make and Takes

Eating the Rainbow:
There are so many fun ideas for rainbow snacks.  Here are a few that we like and know your kids will love!

Rainbow Fruit: Source: We Have AARS 
Fruit Loop Rainbow: Source: Crystal and Comp
Rainbow Pudding: Source: Make and Takes

Rainbow Cloud Craft:
There are so many rainbow crafts to choose from but we like this one because it toddler friendly and works those fine motor skills.  All you need is a 1/2 a paper plate, some colored streamers or strips of paper in in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, cotton balls and some glue.    

Source: Happiness is Homemade

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