Friday, March 13, 2009

taste the rainbow

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to do some rainbow activities. Plus, Mikayla has been talking a lot about rainbows, so she was super excited when her momma woke up this morning feeling 100% back to normal and ready to play!

We started off the morning doing a little "old school" painting of the rainbow. I guess that's all my creativity could muster up. I found a rainbow outline here. I copied and pasted it into a regular document and made it to the size I wanted it. Then I let Mikayla get out her paints. Oh, how this girl loves her paints!

We used the correct color order of the rainbow and for those that didn't know (that would be me) the rainbow colors in order are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (which most just combine the last two colors and call it purple). Just think - ROY G. BIV. Although this really works, does anyone else have a more fun way to remember the colors in order?

I was pretty impressed on how much she stayed within the lines and that the paints didn't go everywhere. To help her recognize colors, I had Mikayla find the color of paint when I told her what colors should go next. Then we continued to review the colors as we went along. For some reason she has the most trouble with yellow (or lellow)?

After the paint dried, I cut out the rainbow and pasted it to blue construction paper. Then I got out my cotton balls and we made big, puffy clouds at the ends. See? Old school.

I think it turned out cute and is now hanging on our refrigerator.
What a work of art!

Later in the day, I decided why not do something else that involves the colors of the rainbow? So, we took a walk to the store (our second one in 2 days) and picked up some fruit to make Rainbow Ribbons. This is a fun food activity I included in this month's MOPS newsletter and thought I would try it out! Both of the kids loved it!

Find assorted fruits that match the colors of the rainbow. We used strawberries for RED, oranges for ORANGE, bananas for YELLOW, grapes for GREEN, blueberries for BLUE, and purple grapes for PURPLE. (I'm a little early for the rainbow theme for Muffin Tin Monday, aren't I?)

This was such the cute activity and good, too! It kind of acted as a lunch for the kids. I was a little nervous at first that Mikayla would poke herself, but she was rather cautious. As we did this together, we continued to review the colors and made sure we went in order.

Austin had a blast eating the fruit...although he didn't care for the banana and oranges, so I made one for him minus the two fruits. He had so much fun taking them off the skewer. He was sitting in my lap, so it was hard to get a good picture of him.

Have a happy Friday!!

Go check out I Blame My Mother for more kid friendly ideas.

And for even MORE ideas, check out Saturday Showcase at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.


Amber Filkins said...

SO cute!! Okay, you've totally inspired me. And shamed me a little. I never do fun stuff with my kids like this. :( I'm gonna start doing projects. Last night at church Saylor had SO much fun with Play dough. I've never let her do it b/c it's such a mess.

I think I'll try this rainbow theme, and maybe even incorporate the play dough. Hey, there's a free idea for you! :)

She looks SO happy in that picture too, Heidi. She's gonna remember this forever.

Pilar said...

You little ones are so cute :)
you gave me great ideas for when the girls an I are stock at home :) Thanks

Kelli said...

How the old school picture. My mom and I always had the debate that there's no blue food, and I would always say blueberries and she thinks they are purple. Just a seeing this brought up that memory.

Missy said...

This is very cute, Heidi. I like the kabobs. Thanks for your comments on my blog, too. I've just been up to life in general. Pretty busy lately. I'm getting ready to have all of my family at my house for my birthday tomorrow. So off to clean, I must go!

Tammy Williams said...

You are a pillar of patience my dear. Having a little one (Declan) unable to do most craft projects, it is hard for me to get into helping Maya (the oldest) do any craft that requires my hands too. I know I really need to get her into it more but it is hard when there is another baby to think of. I will try though.

boosmom said...

I let Riley paint yesterday and now my kitchen table has blue and purple "urple" stripes on it... Thanks for the post!

vicki said...

Grammie loves your rainbow! Wish I could have been there to see it in person. The fruit kabobs look so good.
Love and miss you!

Lyndsie Miles said...

Wow, I don't ever do things so in-depth with my little ones. This one looks like great fun. I think we may give the rainbow painting a try!

Sarah said...

I'm sure you are aware of the upcoming Muffin Tin Monday rainbow edition. This is so great. I am going to try it this weekend. It's funny how a little thing such as a skewer can get kids excited about something. It's different! I need to be reminded all of the time that fun doesn't always have to be something complicated, just something different. You know that a few months from now one of them will say...Do you remeber when we ate rainbow fruit off a stick? That was SO fun! Thank you for linking. I love your ideas!

sunnymama said...

I love the rainbow fruits! Great idea. They look pretty.

Anonymous said...

I love the rainbow picture! And the fruit idea looks so cool! I want to eat them!

jennwa said...

I love doing rainbow crafts, they are always to pretty.

They fruit kabobs, look great. I need to do that.

Thanks for linking and mentioning Showcase Starurday.

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Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

That rainbow is fabulous, and I love the fruit kabobs! Very nice!!


Kasey said...

what a great idea! The Kane-man would love it!

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Rhonda said...

Hey Heidi...great ideas and fun for the boys love fruit kabobs! I typed kaboobs but soon realized that can't be right. hee hee.

Have a great day!

momma said...

very cute and yummy!

Sarah J. said...

I just love all the rainbow ideas! You are so creative!

Jen said...

I love both of the ideas! Thanks!
I think I'm going to have to go and run out to the store so we can eat a rainbow tomorrow!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jen from
Creative and Curious Kids!
God's Shining Stars

Dee Light said...

What a fun day of rainbows!! Your rainbow lunch looks yummy.

onno david said...

This blog is so helpful. Your explanation was very easy affected an intrinsic and technically perfect. These ideas are awesome. I just love all the rainbow ideas! They look pretty. I am going to try it this weekend. Very nice.

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