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Rain and Clouds Theme

June 2, 2009 01:50 by Barbara Shelby

 

It's Raining...It's Pouring!
The kids are having fun with the loads of ideas on this page!

Updated February 2013

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RAIN...

GUESS HOW MUCH RAIN?

Have each person mark a line on a container showing where they think the water line will be when the rain stops. The person closest to the actual line is the winner.

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MAKE A RAIN GAUGE
Materials
Popsicle stick
Ruler
Waterproof marker
Clean, empty soup can
Colorful contact paper or paintbrush, acrylic paints, and clear acrylic spray (optional)
Glue
Plastic bucket and sand (optional)

1.  Lay a Popsicle stick next to a ruler, aligning the ends.
Use a waterproof marker to copy the ruler markings onto the Popsicle stick.
2.  Mark every inch, half-inch, quarter-inch, and eighth-inch on the Popsicle stick.
3.  If you like, have children decorate a clean, empty soup can with colorful contact paper or acrylic paint.
4.  If the can is painted, finish it with clear acrylic spray.
5.  Stand the Popsicle stick inside the can and glue it onto the side of the can.
6.  Set the can outside in a place where it won't tip over. If you like, place the can in a plastic bucket and pack sand around it.
7.  After a rainfall, read the Popsicle stick ruler to see how much rain has fallen.
8.  As an extension---you can log your readings on a chart, calendar or in a weather notebook.
9.  Pour the rain out of the can after each reading.

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CAN YOU GET A LOCAL WEATHER PERSON or meteorologist to visit your class or program?
Request the weather person talk about their job and why they like it... Show children how to predict the weather using instruments, etc.
Brainstorm with children and prepare questions to ask when the guest arrives...

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WATER TASTING
1.  Provide tap water, soda water, mineral water, and distilled water.
2.  Pour the different types of water into paper cups and have children taste them.
3.  Discuss the differences.
4.  As an extension you can do a survey/graph

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YELLOW RAIN
Collect raindrops into two different containers
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1.  Use ONE container with NO COVER...
2.  Place a COVER ON THE OTHER container (A coffee filter will work fine as a cover)
3.  As the rain falls through the air, it gets dirty; this leads into an environmental talk regarding the dirtiness of air and purifying drinking water...

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HOW FAR AWAY IS THAT STORM?
The purpose of this experiment is to watch lightning and hear thunder to give you clues about how far away you are from a storm.
What you need:
One thunderstorm
A stop watch (Or the ability to say "one-Mississippi")

1. After you see a flash of lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear the thunder. (Use the stop watch or count "One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi, Three-Mississippi," etc.)
2. For every 5 seconds the storm is one mile away. Divide the number of seconds you count by 5 to get the number of miles.

  • What travels more quickly, light or sound?
    If you said light travels faster than sound, you're right! The lightning and thunder are happening at the same time, but light reaches you instantly, while sound takes longer.
  • Do you ever see lightning without hearing thunder? Some call that "heat lightning," but it is really lightning that is over 15 miles away and too far away for you to hear the thunder!
  • LOOK OUT if you see the lightning and hear the thunder at the same time!

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ART AND MUSIC
1.  Provide gray, black, and white paint at an easel or on covered tables.
2.  Play a CD of rain sounds or tape record rain or a thunderstorm.
3.  Have the children listen to the rainstorm and paint to it.
4.  Ask the children how the tape makes them feel.
5.  This could also be done as a group mural!

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TWO RAIN STICKS
#1 (Heavy-Duty)
1. Hammer nails into Heavy cardboard mailing tubes 1/8" apart, using the spiral seam of the cardboard.
2. Add several handfuls of assorted filler material (rice, beans, etc)
3. Seal each end of the tube securely with tape.
4. Decorate your stick with raffia, ribbon, adhesive-backed shelf paper, wrapping paper or a jungle print or decorations.

RAIN STICK #2
Paper Towel Roll, Tape that can be painted, Paint, Glue, Uncooked Rice, Toothpicks...
Pre-poke holes into the side of the paper towel rolls. Have children poke toothpicks through the holes and glue each end of the tooth pick. Next- tape one end of the roll closed. Add rice and tape the other end. Then let the children paint their sticks as they choose. Last, cut off the toothpicks that stick out from the tube.

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MAKE IT RAIN! #1 (Science) 
Need:
Glass mayonnaise or canning jar, plate, hot water, ice cubes,
Pour about two inches of very hot water into the glass jar.
Cover the jar with the plate and wait a few minutes before you start the next step.
Put the ice cubes on the plate.
What happens?
The cold plate causes the moisture in the warm air, which is inside the jar to condense and form water droplets. This is the same thing that happens in the atmosphere. Warm, moist air rises and meets colder air high in the atmosphere. The water vapor condenses and forms precipitation that falls to the ground
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MAKE RAIN #2
1.  Boil some water in a pot until steam forms above it.
2.  Fill a pie pan with ice cubes and hold it above the pot in the steam "cloud."
3.  Have the children observe that when the steam comes in contact with the cool air from the pie pan, drops of water form and fall back into the pot like rain. 

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RAIN ART
Kids put on rain gear and take heavy duty paper plates outside. Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring onto plates and watch as designs appear. For a 'batik effect', first draw on the plate with white crayon and then add the food coloring.

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SIDEWALK CHALK ART
A couple hours after a rain fall...take children outside and have them draw on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. Colors will be bright from the rain water.

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BUILD ON A RAIN-WORD  (For older children)
1.  Choose a long word that is related to the rain (umbrella, for example) and have each player write it in the center of a piece of paper.
2.  Allow two minutes to build up as many other words as they can from the basic word. (Add to letters like in scrabble)
3.  All the new words must in some way be related to the first word.
4.  The player with the most words wins.

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'OUT IN THE RAIN' PAINTING
When the weather forecast is light rain, make a rain painting. Spread out a large sheet of paper before the rain begins, using bricks or other heavy objects to weigh down the edges. Fill shaker dispensers with powdered paint. Sprinkle the paint randomly over the paper.
As it rains, the raindrops will mix and blend the paint. After a few minutes, go out and observe the designs the rain has made for you. Bring in the wet painting, and let it dry on layers of newspaper.

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UMBRELLA PAINTING
Rainy days on the way? Have interested children bring a solid color umbrella. Cover floor, open umbrella, decorate each section with fabric paint or pens. Let dry for a day before closing or using.

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ORANGE UMBRELLA SNACKS
1.  Slice an orange into 1/4" thick round slices.
2.  Cut each round slice in half -to form a half round umbrella shape.
3.  Place each orange umbrella on a small plate.
4.  Have each child choose an "umbrella handle" from thin sliced cheese, pretzel sticks, thin celery sticks, or thin apple slices.

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TISSUE PAPER COLORED UMBRELLAS
Materials:
Sheet of white or manila oaktag (heavy paper)
Art tissue paper of various colors cut up into small pieces
Black felt tip permanent marker
Scissors
Squirt bottle of water
1.  Make umbrella shape templates and trace the shape on oaktag as large as you would like -- but no smaller than half of the sheet.
2.  Cut it out.
3.  Using the marker--- draw the umbrella ribs on the shape.
4.  In a colorful arrangement, have children place pieces of art tissue all over the oaktag.
5.  Carefully and gently squirt the "papered umbrella" with the water---as a RAIN SHOWER.
6.  Lay it flat to to dry. As the tissue dries --- the colors will adhere to the oaktag.
7.  While drying,trace and cut out a handle-- which can be stapled to the dry umbrella.
8.  The tissue will fall off when dry.

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UMBRELLA PICTURES #1
Need: Cupcake liners, Scissors, Glue, Crayons or Paint Pipe Cleaners
1.   Cut several Cupcake liners in half (these will be umbrellas).
2.  Glue the umbrellas onto a sheet of paper. Use pipe cleaner to make the umbrella handles---Glue on the handles. Add clouds and rain drops.
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UMBRELLAS #2
1.  Have the children cut individual egg-carton cups in half.
2.  Have them glue the halves onto a sheet of construction paper.
3.  Add pipe cleaners for handles.
4.  Draw pictures around the umbrellas with crayons or paint.

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Let it rain...SQUIRT ART!
Materials:
Blue colored water
White construction paper or-butcher paper
#1 IDEA: Cover the area and let children squirt blue colored water on white construction paper.
Or-
#2 IDEA: Hang a large piece of butcher paper on the fence of the play yard and let children squirt blue colored water on the butcher paper.( It'll look like rain)

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WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE RAINY DAY POEMS
Write poems about puddles, mud, raindrops, or gray skies...

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WILL IT FLOAT? Science...
1.  Gather twigs, leaves, seeds, from the playground.
2.  Throw into the air to see which will “float” on the breeze.
3.  AFTER A RAIN... gather items and toss into a mud puddle to see which will float.

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  • Instead of "Duck, Duck, Goose"...
    PLAY "DRIP, DRIP, DROP'!
  • Instead of "Simon Says"...
    PLAY THE "WEATHERMAN SAYS"!

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RAIN GAME
1.  The group sits in a circle.
2.  The leader starts by rubbing their hands together. The person to the right does the same, the person to the right, and so on until everyone is doing the action.
3.  When all are rubing their hands, the leader starts a new sound, finger snapping, then hand clapping, next slapping thighs, try foot stomping.
4.  To END the storm, reverse the actions. At the end, the group, one by one stops rubbing hands and sits and waits for action to be completed by the group.

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HAVE A RAIN DROP RACE

Each person picks a raindrop as they hit the top of the window. Follow your raindrop until it gets to the bottom of the window and see whose raindrop wins the race. Then start at the top and do it again!

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***Idea: There are "JOKES ABOUT WEATHER" in the "JOKE Category"

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WEATHER STATION DRAMATIC PLAY
Provide materials for the dramatic play area in which the children are able to be weather anchors!
Some suggestions include:

  • Large cardboard box to be used as a large televsion
  • Laminated weather-symbols for the “weather person” to explain the weather (use double backed tape or roll tape sticky side out so the symbols will stick to the weather map)
  • Large wall map 
  • Microphone (Or use paper towel tube to create one)
  • Paper and pencils to write scripts
  • 'Computer' to show the radar screen (Provide paper and let the children draw their own picture of the Doppler radar picture)

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Place WEATHER RELATED BOOKS in the Science and Literacy centers. 
A list of  books is in Spring Seasonal, Holidays, Earth & Weather Category. 

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MAKE A RAIN BOOK (For young children)
1.  Staple together 4-6 pieces of paper to make a booklet for each child. Write the words "Rain Helps Things Grow" on the cover of each book.
2.  Have children look through magazines and tear out pictures of things that need rain to help them grow such as trees and flowers---Then have them glue the pictures into their books.

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For Young Children:
Tape record and identify different sounds/kinds of rain... drizzling, sprinkling, pouring, misting, raining, thundering, lightening, hail, etc.

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RAIN POEMS/SONGS/FINGER PLAY...for young children
Sing/Say and Finger Play or Act out poems
...After children learn the poems consider having them choose one and illustrate it.

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IT'S RAINING, IT'S P0URING...
Author Unknown
It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning.
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IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN...
It ain't gonna rain no more, no more
It ain't gonna rain no more,
How in the heck will we wash the neck
If it ain't gonna rain no more?
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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY...
Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
We want to go outside and play--
Come again some other day

Optional lyrics:
Change third line to say:
"child's name" and "child's friend's name"...
want to play.
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RAINDROPS - sung to "Frere Jacques"
Raindrops falling,
Raindrops falling,
From the sky,
From the sky.
Put up an umbrella,
Put up an umbrella,
Nice and dry,
Nice and dry.

Showers over,
Showers over,
Sun aglow,
Sun aglow.
See the pretty flowers,
See the pretty flowers,
In a row,
In a row.
By Jean Warren from Totline
Magazine, April 1993
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R-A-I-N-Y - sung to "Bingo"
There was a time when we got wet
And rainy was the weather.
R-A-I-N-Y, R-A-I-N-Y, R-A-I-N-Y
And rainy was the weather!
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EENSY-WEENSY-SPIDER
The eency-weency spider
Went up the water spout. (Move hands up while touching index finger and thumb alternately)
Down came the rain (Move hands down while wiggling fingers)
And washed the spider out. (Cross arms)
Out came the sun (Make a circle with arms above head)
And dried up all the rain.
And the eency-weency spider
Went up the spout again. (Start spider moving up again)
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WHAT'S THE WEATHER?
To Tune of Clementine

What's the weather? What's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Tell me children what's the weather?
What's the weather like today?

Is it sunny, is it rainy, is it windy out today?
Tell me children what's the weather, what's the weather like today?

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OH MY, WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE?
(Tune: Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?)
Oh my, what will the weather be?
Oh my, what will the weather be?
Oh my, what will the weather be?
It will be (rainy, cloudy, sunny, snowy, windy) today

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CLOUD IDEAS

 

A FUN BOOK IDEA:
"CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS"...

Read the book aloud to the children. Ask the children to list what they wish would rain from the sky. Record the children's responses. Have the children draw a picture of their favorite food raining down from the sky. This could be made into a class book.

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RAINY DAY CLOUD HANGINGS
1.  Make CLOUDS on gray paper & cut them out.
2.  Make RAINDROPS on blue paper and attach them to the clouds with string/yarn--- so the raindrops are falling from the cloud.
3.  Punch a hole in the cloud and tie a string to attach to then ceiling---or leave as is--to put up on wall.

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CLOUD BEAN BAG TOSS
Create raindrop shaped bean bags. Paint white clouds on cardboard or a sheet. Cut holes for the bean bag toss. Let children toss “raindrops” into the clouds.

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CLOUD PLAY DOUGH
Ingredients:
1 c. vegetable oil
6 cups flour
1 cup water
Food coloring (optional)
1.  Add food coloring to the water.
2.  Put flour and oil into large bowl.
3.  Slowly add water, stirring as you pour.
4.  Continue mixing ingredients until there is a soft dough.
5.  Add a little more water or flour if necessary.
6.  Put the dough on the table and knead until it is completely blended. This dough will have an oily texture.

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 WIND MAZE SCIENCE
1.  Create a wind table by taping blocks around the edge of a table. Use more blocks to form a maze inside the frame created.
2.  Provide a selection of materials for the children to try to blow through the maze; provide straws for the children to blow through.
3.  Some suggestions would be feathers, cotton balls, ribbons, tissue paper, marbles, ping pong balls.
4.  Brainstorm with the children what other items they could try to blow through the maze

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CLOUD ART
1.  Choose a day with white cumulus clouds in the sky.
2.  Read a book about shapes in the clouds. (Book suggestions: Little Cloud by Eric Carle;  Charles Shaw's It Looked Like Spilt Milk (HarperCollins, 1947)
3.  Provide blankets (to lay on outside), clip boards, blue construction paper, white construction paper, cotton balls, glue, scissors. children to look at the clouds and represent what they see with the art materials.
4.  Later, talk about what they saw in the clouds. Did they see a clown, angel, etc. like the book?
6.  When your next rainy day arrives--contrast "these clouds" to the other clouds...

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CLOUDS COLLAGE 
Materials needed:
Umbrella shapes cut out, gray cloud cut outs (Or cotton balls)
Blue rice (use food coloring to make blue rice)
Glue
Construction paper
Have a children MAKE A COLLAGE with blue rice and cutouts...

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COTTON CLOUDS
Materials:
Paper
Paint
Glitter,
Cotton BallS  
1.  Have children draw and paint an umbrella or a picture of themselves on paper.
2.  Next have children glue cotton for the clouds.
3.  Dip fingers into paint to make rain drops under their clouds.
4.  Sprinkle glitter on the raindrops to make them sparkle …. It will make a 3-D effect.

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COTTON BALL CLOUDS #2

Have children take a large blue piece of construction paper and draw, color, paint a landscape or seasonal scene. Glue on clumps of white fluffy cotton balls to create cotton clouds in any shape they want. Add a bright shining sun in the sky!

Looking for a 'Rainbow Theme'? Click here! Lots of ideas!

Also, check out the QUICK 102 Rainy Day~Any Day Ideas ...

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Rainbow Theme for Kids

June 1, 2009 18:47 by Barbara Shelby

One of the most magical sights in nature is a rainbow! Music and poetry have addressed the beauty of this phenomennom. Is it any wonder that it is such a popular theme for children's classrooms and programs? 

Updated March 2013...

There are many ideas that are geared to younger children in this category; however, there are also suggestions for school-age youth.

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TWO 'RAINBOW HANDS' BULLETIN BOARD & WALL IDEAS

#1 Idea: Using colored construction paper of yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple trace CHILDREN'S HANDS. Make about 10 hand prints of each of the colors of the rainbow.
Put the children's names on the hand-prints; form the hands into a large, curved rainbow shape. (All the reds in one curved arch of the rainbow...

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#2 PAINTED RAINBOW  Make a huge hand print rainbow using different colored finger-paint; use white butcher paper as the background.

  • Have kids dip their hands in one color and print a few along one row.
  • Have other children do another row, (with colors of the rainbow) until you've made a huge rainbow. Fill in with seasonal themed decorations! ...
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FUN 'RAINBOW THEMED' IDEAS

1. Ask children to wear clothing of each color of the rainbow or dress in a solid color of just one of the rainbow colors. You could also declare 'RAINBOW DAY" and all wear as many colors as possible!

2. Mix and match plates, cups and napkins in rainbow colors.

3. Face paint a small rainbow on the cheek of each child.

4. Attach a large cardboard painted rainbow to the room's front door.

5. Paint rainbows on the windows of your room….(See Paint Recipes on Paint page)

6. Read the ‘Rainbow Fish’ books. Make rainbow fish by decorating and putting sequins on cut out fish shapes.

7. Purchase some rainbow colored ‘slinkies’ to slink down some stairs or steps.

8. Hide crayons of each rainbow color for the children to find. As each crayon is found, color in a previously drawn arc on a big piece of paper. (Children group color parts of the arc) Once the rainbow is complete, everyone could get a treat for great 'team' work!

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GAMES

Make or buy a simple piñata and attach rainbow streamers to the bottom of it. Pinata category here...

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RAINBOW TAG #1: Great fun for older kids!
Need:
Four or more players
Five tongue depressors, each one marked with a color of the rainbow--Water-based face paint crayons in the same rainbow colors-
A pink or rainbow-colored article of clothing
Wet wipes

How to Play:
1. To prepare, hide each tongue depressor along with the matching color of face paint in a different place around the play area. 2. Next, choose someone to be "Pinkie", the player who sneaks around trying to tag the other players and undo their progress. Give Pinkie something pink or rainbow-colored to wear.
3. To play, set everyone but Pinkie out in search of the sticks.
4. Each time a player finds one of the colored sticks, he should discreetly -- don't give away the location to the others! -- paint a stripe on his face, then leave the stick and paint in place. Bluffing is encouraged to keep the locations secret.
5. The catch: Pinkie will be lurking, trying to tag the players. Every time she does, she wipes off one of their stripes.
6. The first player to get one stripe in each color wins.
Source: familyfun.go.com

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RAINBOW TAG #2  

1. Choose a 'rainbow catcher'. They will stand in the middle of a large play area.
2. Next assign all the remaining players different colors of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. (Don't let the rainbow catcher hear what colors each person is assigned.)
3.The rainbow catcher then calls out a color. All the players that have been assigned that color try and run past the catcher to the other side of the play area. The 'rainbow catcher' tries to tag as many of children as they can before they reach the other side.
4.The kids who are tagged become rainbow catchers and stand in the middle to help tag other players on the next round.
 

The rainbow catcher can yell "Rainbow!" and all the players must try and reach the other side. The last person caught becomes the new rainbow catcher. If you're playing with a large group-have more than one 'catcher'.

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POT OF GOLD DRAMA GAME
You say, "If I found a pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow, I'd buy this..." Then you show by acting out what you would buy. The others try to guess what you bought, and the first one to guess becomes the new actor.

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Have a TREASURE HUNT and hide the treasure in a POT OF GOLD– to be shared by everyone once all the ‘rainbow themed clues’ have been found.

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For young children: Play ‘RAINBOW WALK' Pary Game
1.  Spread out different colored paper circles.
2.  Children step on each circle as the music is playing.
3.  Once it stops, the child on a certain color can get a prize.

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SCIENCE & NATURE...

We see rainbows during rain showers when the sun is shining on raindrops. Rainbows appear in the part of the sky that is opposite of the sun. The closer we are to the rainbow-the brighter it appears, Rainbow colors are always the same in order: Violet, Dark Blue, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. Everyone who looks at a rainbow sees it differently.

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COFEE FILTER RAINBOWS
Learn about: rainbows, light, chromatography, spectrum, and color
The rainbows that we see in the sky are caused by a reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. There are also other ways to view a rainbow with the help of water and a few other supplies.
Materials:
Coffee filter
Paper clip
Black and green water
Soluble pens
saucer

Procedure:
1. Fold the coffee filter into half.
2. Fold it again one more time.
3. Draw a dark green line about one inch (2-3 cm) from the round edge of the filter. (Be sure to save room for a black line next to it).
4. Proceed to draw a dark black line one inch (2-3 cm) from the other side of the round edge. (Do not let the lines touch each other).
5. Make the filter into a cone shape by securing the edge of the paper filter with the paper clip.
6. Place water in the saucer.
7. Put the round edge of the filter in the water.
8. Let the filter stay in this position for one hour and then observe the results.
9.  Now, explore! Pay close attention to what happens to the dark green line. Record your observations and explain what you think is happening during this experiment.
Source: cosi.org

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CATCHING AN INDOOR RAINBOW 

Materials:
Clear glass or medium sized clear jar filled with water to the top
Window sill
Bright sunlight,
White paper, watercolor paints or crayons.
Instructions:
1. Fill a glass or clear jar with water to the top.
2. Set glass/jar on window sill in bright sunlight.
3. Glass or jar should stick out over the ledge just a little bit.
4. Place a white piece of paper on the floor in front of the window (tape 2 or 3 pieces to form a poster size and obtain a bigger rainbow image).
5. A rainbow will be captured/reflected on the paper. This will greatly depend on how bright the sunlight is and the positioning of the glass jar, so move the jar side to side on the window sill to help the process until you see the rainbow reflected on the paper.
6. Quickly draw lines to capture the rainbow and children can paint directly on the paper in the floor as the rainbow is reflected there.

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AN INDOOR RAINBOW

1.  To create an indoor rainbow fill a glass pan with water and place a mirror in the water so that it is leaning against the edge of the pan.
2.  Completely darken the room and shine a flashlight on the mirror.
3.  Carefully adjust the angle of the light until a rainbow is reflected on a wall or the ceiling.
4.  You can then give children with paper and art supplies to copy
the order of the colors of the rainbow...

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PLANT A RAINBOW
You can grow a blooming rainbow by planting curved rows of different-colored flowers. For the best effect, use plants that have similar heights.

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EASY RAINBOW ART/CRAFT IDEAS

WATER COLOR GIANT RAINBOW
Make a giant rainbpw by painting a large sheet of paper with water; Add big arcs of color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). The colors will slowly blend into each other.

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RAINBOW ARCS
1.  Remove the wrappers from rainbow-colored crayons: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
2.  Have children use the sides of the crayons to draw rainbow arcs on paper.
3.  If the weather is good, invite them to make rainbows on a sidewalk with colored chalk.

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TAPE SIX DIFFERENT CRAYONS in a straight line. Show children how to draw a rainbow with one stroke.

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 FRUIT CEREAL RAINBOWS

FIRST IMAGE-you will need: Fruit cereal, glue, paper, cotton balls and markers.
Glue rainbow colored 'froot-loop' type cereal on construction paper in the SHAPE OF A RAINBOW! When complete add the cotton clouds and a sun.

SECOND IMAGE:
G
lue the cereal onto the paper to make the rainbow colors. 
The placement order for the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Rainbow is by
Ms. Edith/Kansas City Public Library

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PAPER AND YARN RAINBOW  (For younger children)
Materials:
Butcher paper (Roll paper), several different colors of yarn, construction paper that matches yarn colors, glue, crayons (Optional).

 On pieces of butcher paper, draw arched lines to represent rainbows.

  • Put glue on the rainbow lines and have children place a piece of different colored yarn along the entire length of each line.
  • Have the children tear the colored paper into pieces, one color at a time. Then have them glue the torn paper onto the area between the pieces of yarn, under the yarn for that color.
  • Encourage children to fill the entire space with the appropriate colored paper pieces.
  • You may want to color a portion of each space with a crayon to help.
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 RAINBOW ART COLLAGE
Using rainbow shaped paper and rainbow colored yarn, the children can make rainbow yarn collages.

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SUMMER RAINBOW: This activity is appropriate for 5-8 years year old
You will need:
 •  Washable watercolor
 •  Art Tissue paper
 •  Construction paper - 9" x 12"
 •  Cotton balls
 •  Ribbon & Yarn
 •  Glue
•  Scissors
•  Hole punch
•  A rainbow template (Pre- make one)
Directions:
1. Using the templates, trace and cut out one rainbow and 2 clouds.
2. Have children decorate both sides of the rainbow with watercolors. .....Set aside to dry.
3. Glue the clouds to each end of the rainbow.
4. Cut brightly colored tissue paper into 1/2" strips.
5. Have the children glue the tissue paper strips to the clouds.
6. Glue cotton balls onto the clouds.
7. Attach yarn to the top of the rainbow to hang and display.
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RAINBOW STREAMERS
Supplies needed:
  •  Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers
  •  A paper plate for each child
  •  Scissors
  •  Stapler
1.  Cut the center out of a paper plate.
2.  Cut long pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers; each streamer should be about two to three feet long.
3.  Staple a rainbow of streamers onto the paper plate.

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 RAINBOW, CLOUDS, RAIN

Materials:
9" paper plate
2 squares of tissue paper in each color: pink, peach, light yellow, lime, light blue and lavender
6 cotton balls
Christmas tree icicles
Scissors
Glue
Stapler
Tape
Fishing line or yarn
Needle or hole punch

 1. Cut a paper plate in half. Cut an arc from one half of the plate..

 2. Cut tissue paper into 2" squares from the rainbow colors. You may use either pastels or a variation would be to use bright colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple). Each color takes approximately 30 squares to completely cover a row.

3. Roll each square into a ball or pinch the enter of the square and gather the tissue into a point and glue to the arc. Keep each color in its own row.

4. For the rain, tape Christmas tree icicles at the bottom back of the rainbow

5. For clouds, glue cotton balls or fiberfill to each end of the rainbow.

6. To make the hanger use a hole punch at the top of the rainbow and thread yarn through it. If you use fishing line, use a needle to thread it through. By Ms. Brenda and Edith Kansas City Public Library

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RAINBOW FROM BUTTONS
Materials:
Buttons
Heavy weight colored paper
Glue
Rainbow colored paint
Arrange buttons on the paper in the shape of a rainbow and then paint the buttons in broad stripes of color with the paints. Let buttons dry to have a nice button rainbow.

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COLORED PASTA RAINBOWS

Dye stringable pasta in batches of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
Have children use the pieces for:
#1.  GLUE ON white paper to make a rainbow... or
#2.  STRING ON very long yarn in batches of colors...
For younger children: Sort and count the pasta pieces by color.
Place or glue the pieces on matching colored paper.
How to color pasta directions are in the
Paint and Color Recipe Category

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SONGS ABOUT RAINBOWS

  • The Rainbow Connection by Paul WIlliams and Kenneth Ascher and featured in the first Muppet Movie. Sung by Kermit the Frog.
  • Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.
  • I Can Sing a Rainbow: A children’s song used to teach them the names of the colors.
  • Look to the Rainbow from Finian’s Rainbow.
  • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows a song adapted from a Chopin Prelude

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 RAINBOW FOOD/SNACKS

Teach the the colors of the rainbow while making and eating delicious snacks! 

RAINBOW PUDDING
1.  Make vanilla pudding.
2.  Place portions of pudding in 3 containers.
3  Add food coloring and make one red, one blue, and one yellow.
4.  Have the children mix the colors to see what other colors they create.
Another variation is to add some colored fruited ring cereal to your pudding.

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RAINBOW CEREALS
Simply eat colored fruit ring cereal.

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 MAKE RAINBOW PANCAKES

This idea originated with Amanda Rettke at IamMommy...Wonderful fun!!!
Ingredients:
Pancake Batter (mix or homemade) and food coloring

In one large bowl, make pancake batter following recipe directions.
Separate the batter equally into several smaller bowls.
Add one color to each bowl.
Make pancakes as usual...that's it! This is another one your kids will always remember you for!

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RAINBOW BRACELET OR NECKLACE  (Craft & Snack)

1.  Take a piece of yarn or long licorice string candy (as in image to the left) to go around child's neck or wrist.
2.  Let children string the colored fruit ring cereal on it. (You might need to tie one at the end for pre-k children so it doesn't fall off.)
3.   Tie it off when you are done. Enjoy eating it! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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RAINBOW RICE KRISPY SNACKS

Make Rice Cereal Treats (Rice Krispy treats) and color it with your favorite food coloring (or use two or more colors).

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RAINBOW MARSHMALLOWS
Eat colored marshmallows or add to Jello or pudding...use as decorations on frosted cupcakes or cookies.

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RAINBOW GRAHAM CRACKERS
Spread frosting on a graham cracker. Sprinkle on colored sugar... All kinds of rainbow frosted cookies.

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RAINBOW POPCORN
I
ngredients
8 cups popped popcorn
1 cup peanuts (if no allergies)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or granulated sugar
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package Jello gelatin, any flavor

Directions
1.  Heat oven to 300°F Line a 15x10x1-inch pan with foil or parchment paper.
2.  Place popcorn and nuts in large bowl.
3.  Heat butter and syrup in small saucepan on low heat.
4.  Stir in sugar and gelatin.
5.  Bring to boil on medium heat.
6.  Reduce heat to low; gently simmer 5 minutes.
7.  Pour syrup immediately over popcorn, tossing to coat well.
8.  Spread popcorn in prepared pan, using two forks to spread evenly.
9.  Bake 10 minutes.
10. Cool.
11. Remove from pan and break into small pieces.

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RAINBOW JELL-O
6 1/4 c Boiling water
2 Jello(red); 4 serving size
2 Jello(Orange); 4 serving
2 Jello(Lemon); 4 serving
2 Jello(Lime); 4 serving
2 Jello(Berry Blue); 4 serving
8 oz Cool whip
1.  Stir 1 1/4 cups boiling water into each flavor of gelatin in separate bowls until completely dissolved.
2.  Pour each flavor into separate 8 or 9" square pans.
3.  Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
4.  Cut each pan into 1" cubes.
5.  Arrange rows of different color gelatin cubes to form a rainbow on a large flat tray or cookie sheet.
6.  Place 1/2 of the cool whip at each end of the rainbow to form clouds for dipping.
7.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

You can also make 'RAINBOW JELL-O' by setting each layer before adding the next layer. Use a glass bowl or set in clear plastic cups so that the colors show through. 

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RAINBOW CAKE
Carefully cut arcs out of a round cake; reassemble and frost in each color of the rainbow.

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RAINBOW CANDY: Jelly beans, Skittles, M&Ms in glass dishes; Rainbow striped lollipops/suckers. Also COTTON CANDY (Clouds)

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 CUPCAKES iced/frosted in different colors and topped with colored sprinkles.

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  FRUIT SALAD...Containing as many colors of the rainbow as possible...OR...RAINBOW MOUNTAIN OF FRUIT
Ingredients:
Yogurt
Red watermelon and cherries
Orange cantaloupe and mandarin oranges
Yellow apples and bananas
Green honeydew melon
Blue blueberries
Purple plums and nectarines
Optional: Chopped nuts of choice...
Cut all pieces of fruit into small pieces. Put out in bowls and children can choose what they like (give instructions as to HOW MUCH they can take) Mound on plates to make a tall mountains. Top with yogurt. Sprinkle with nuts.

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RAINBOW FRUIT KABOBS

Place bite-sized fruit on a kabob to look like a rainbow - Strawberries (red,) Oranges (orange, Pineapple pieces (yellow), Kiwi slices (green), Blueberries (blue), Grapes (purple)

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RAINBOW PRETZELS

Ingredients:
3 different colors of Candy Melts (Purchased at candy supply or craft store)
Pretzel rods or shapes
1. Melt the candy.
2. Using a teaspoon, swirl the colors onto the pretzel rods or shapes--until you achieve your desired 'rainbow' result.
3. Sprinkle on rainbow jimmies before the candy melts dry.

Note: Even though the melts will be pastel colors of pink, blue, green or yellow -the flavors will all be vanilla.

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• IDEA: Cut SANDWICHES into rainbow shaped arcs.

• IDEA: Make ICE CUBES of different colored fruit juice -- place them in clear colored drinks.

• IDEAS: MAKE KOOL-AID OR SPRITE (with a little food coloring) in the primary colors of red, yellow and blue in three separate pitchers.  With these colors you can mix drinks for kids in any color of the rainbow. 

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NOTE: Green = yellow + blue, Orange = red + yellow, Purple = blue + red.

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RAINBOW COLORED TOAST

A craft and snack in one!
Ingredients:
White bread
Milk and Butter
Food Colorig
Optional: Cinnamon sugar
Also-Small bowls or paper cups, thin brushes or Q-Tips
1.Depending on group size-As a guide, fill bowls with about 3 ounces of milk and add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring.
2. Have children paint the toast. (Remind them NOT to soak the bread)
3. Toast in toaster or toaster oven.
4. Butter and sprinkle cinnamon if desired.

For young kids, explain that this is safe to eat because it is NOT real paint! Also, for theme days, you can cut the bread with cookie-cutter shapes before it is painted and toasted.

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This RAINBOW DOORWAY would be a great decoration for a party--or as Katey Magill wrote at HavingFunatHome... "It's nobody's birthday, but we got out the streamers anyway- just for fun."

Kids love spontaneous fun days at school, day-care or home! Pick a theme and go with it...just for fun! Your children will love you for it!

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RAINBOW PARTY FAVORS
   • Large suckers
   • Rainbow colored pinwheels
   • Skittles
   • Crayons or paint sets
   • Kaleidoscopes
   • Bagged cotton candy (clouds)

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RAINBOW GOODY BAG IDEAS: Put prizes in...
   • Solid color bags in all the colors of the rainbow - tie a pretty rainbow ribbon on the top.

   • Small black pot or container to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

   • Tie party favors up in solid or rainbow colored bandanas or squares of fabric.
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