March 10, 2013

in Art, Practical Life

We decided to honor St. Patrick’s day with a rainbow theme this year.  Who doesn’t love rainbows?

Learning about Rainbows in our Montessori Preschool Classroom

(Since we have only preschoolers in the class this year, we won’t be going into the science of rainbows.)

The Colors of the Rainbow

Montessori Color Tablets

The children can use these Montessori Color Tablets to sequence the colors of the rainbow.  We found this lovely, vibrant picture on google images.

Color Mixing

Color Mixing- Color Wheel

We’ve been exploring color-mixing in our class for a few months.  This little extension gives them an introduction to placing the colors in a color wheel.  I like using colored water in glass dropper bottles for this because it allows the children to hold up the bottles next to each other and look through to see if it makes the secondary color they want, like this…!

Color Mixing- Trillium Montes

Indigo and Violet

Indigo and Violet Color Mixing- Trillium Montessori

I’m excited about this new color mixing work.  We talked about the colors “indigo” and “violet” and learned how to make them using diluted blue and red paint.  Putting equal amounts of red and blue in both jars makes a nice purple color.  Now look what happens when we add extra blue to one jar, and extra red to the other jar…

Indigo and Violet Color Mixing Trillium Montessori

Indigo and Violet Color Mixing Trillium Montessori

Paint works much better than colored water for this activity.

Painting a Rainbow

Painting a Rainbow Trillium Montessori

We’ve also been working on brush strokes for the past few months, and we finally have the full water color set out!  It’s perfect for painting rainbows.  The children have to remember to wash the brush each time they change colors or their finished rainbow will be quite brown 🙁

Painting a Rainbow Trillium Montessori

I love how earnestly the little ones watch the older students in the class.

Rainbow Pre-Sewing Activities

Rainbow Weaving Trillium Montessori

Whoever on the interwebs came up with the idea of using an organizer shelf for weaving, I salute you.  This is such a genius idea, and much better than paper as an introduction to weaving and to the up-down motion for sewing.

Rainbow Necklace Trillium Montessori

Our necklace work is an even bigger hit than usual these days.  The children have been trying to sequence the cereal into a rainbow pattern.  The children call this the eat-a-rainbow necklace (but they have strict instructions that it can only be eaten at home with their parents’ permission!  We don’t serve artificially colored food at school for snack)

Rainbow Lacing Trillium Montessori

Here’s a simple lacing activity.  The children can decorate the lacing plate by gluing crumpled tissue in a rainbow pattern.

Rainbow Counting

Rainbow Counting Trillium Montessori

I have to confess, I am in love with this work.  I don’t remember putting together another activity as gorgeous as this in all my years in the classroom.  Wish my camera did justice to these glowing, vibrant colors.  I used plain spice jars from Ikea.  I just filled them with water and added a drop of food coloring.  The numbers were printed on transparent mailing labels on my laser printer.  You could just as easily write them on with a sharpie.

Rainbow Counting Trillium Montessori

Rainbow Counting Trillium Montessori

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Update: We have some St. Patrick’s Day Phonological Awareness Activities this year.

St Patricks Day Phonological Awareness Activities



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Heidi Mulligan Walker March 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

Wonderful Spring activities! I am inspired. My 4 year old Donovan woke up announcing “It is Spring!” and then proceeded to ask “what do we do in Spring?” I came up with a few ideas “plant seeds & flowers, find Easter eggs etc.” and he kept asking “what else?” so I have just announced “we can paint rainbows!” – he seems satisfied now”)

Seemi March 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Yay Heidi and Donovan! I hope we get to see a few real rainbows soon (although I’m not too keen on the rain that precedes them…)

Katie @ Gift of Curiosity March 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for sharing this great set of rainbow-inspired activities. Pinning now!

Miss Courtney March 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I love the rainbow counting. You’ll have to let me know where you got those little colored glass jars. I’ve also put the glass vials on my wish list!

Seemi March 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Hi Miss Courtney! The glass jars are from Ikea (but any jars will do) I just filled them with water and a drop of food coloring. The kids have been pretty good about not opening them during this work, but you could easily glue them shut. I printed the numbers on transparent mailing labels. Thanks for asking this question; I will update the post and add this info for other readers too.

Ticia March 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

What a great assortment of activities. I love the organizer shelf weaving, it’s a great example of using what you have.

Allison March 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

So many wonderful way to learn. Rainbows are so much fun!

Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog March 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

These are great activities! We are just getting into Montessori this year. Would love for you to link up your post to my Rainbow Linky open until this Friday, if you’d like: http://theoutlawmom.com/2013/03/17/kids-rainbow-recipes-crafts-activities/. Thanks for sharing!

Seemi March 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Chrissy! We’ve linked up!

Kirstylee March 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

This is a wonderful resource of rainbow activities! I definitely agree with you, that colored water/pompom work is beautiful. I especially love the rainbow weaving.

Seemi March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thanks for the feedback Kristylee! I do love the weaving work as well 🙂

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum March 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

What a wonderful resource for preschool Montessori Rainbow Activities – I love the coloured jars – are they food colouring in water or something else?

Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots as well and letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

Seemi March 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thanks so much Cerys! The jars are indeed filled simply with water and a few drops of food coloring.

Rachel March 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

So many fabulous learning activities here. A great collection, indeed! Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays! Always happy to have you there. I am featuring your post at this week’s party! Yippee!!

Seemi March 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Rachel!

Carrie March 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Such wonderful ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning March 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

What wonderful ways to explore the rainbow theme. Thank you for linking up to Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.

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