We have been learning the letter “Rr” and chose the theme of Rainbows. It’s a great theme, fun for the kids and easy to do.
Rainbow Sensory Bin:
- foam packing peanuts
- sensory balls
- plastic ice cubes (the nice thing about these is that you can also have the option of freezing them first to add another sensory element with the play between cold and room temperature)
- blue moon
- red cup
- purple bath sponge
- a squish ball
- a few toys.
I printed the colour by number sheet and the “Rr is for Rainbow” sheet from Confessions of a Homeschooler. The other sheet I found here. I printed two sets for each of the kids. They used one sheet with Fruit Loops. Some of them chose to eat the cereal after while others chose to glue them on. The other sheet they completed with bingo dabbers. The kids also did a lot of rainbow colouring sheets.
Books we used:
We made our own rainbows using this idea.
Rainbow Theme Party:
But of course, the highlight of Rainbow week was having a Rainbow Party! We used the theme to celebrate the end of the homeschool year (even though we are going to be schooling year-round this year). There were 29 kids here with their moms…loud and messy, but so much fun!!!
My girls helped me make these treat bags to hand out to the party guests. I got the idea here. So simple, but super cute!
The kids made paper chains and strung them all over the house to use as our decorations.
The food was a very colourful array. I tried to think of as many edible rainbow things as I could. You can find details about how to make the rainbow theme food here.
Making the layered jello cups took a lot longer than I anticipated, so I’m glad I got a picture because it’s unlikely that I’ll ever make them again! If I did though, I would make them in smaller plastic cups or make them in a sheet pan and cut them into squares.
For crafts, I let imagination be the key. I put out paint, paintbrushes, clay, foam hands, coloured beads, scissors, glue, paper, bright feathers, markers, colouring sheets, paper, and markers. I also put out a bowl of Fruit Loops and string licorice and the kids made necklaces and bracelets with them, but I didn’t get any pictures of that.
The decorate-your-own-cupcake area was popular, as evidenced from the expression on Dancing Queen’s face. Miss Optimism made vanilla cupcakes and added sprinkles before she cooked them so they had a bit of a rainbow on them. We set out four colours of icing, more sprinkles, and lots of candy for the kids to add.
If you are looking for information on making sensory bins, you may be interested in my book.