Rainbow Colours

Rainbow Colours

Rainbow colours galore in the classroom this week. Here are some of our experiences…

Finger Gym

Rainbow coloured snipped straws make cheap beads when cut, & threading them is great for developing those fine motor skills. The children love that they get to take whatever they have threaded home too…

Snipping & threading rainbow straws... from Rachel (",)

Snipping & threading rainbow straws... from Rachel (",)

I also put a mark-making tray on the Finger Gym – just a tray with colourful (laminated) wrapping paper in the bottom, covered in sand. They loved making patterns in it as well as some simple name, letter & number writing…

Mark making in a sand-filled tray - from Rachel (",)

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Maths Area

Lots of rainbow colours in the Maths area this week! I made rainbow bugs in the same way as my bees & ladybirds – they have the numbers 1-10 on the bottom. I also painted & numbered flowers & butterflies to match. I added rainbow nuggets (in what I thought was a sort of rainbow shaped wooden dish), rainbow pots, rainbow coloured buttons &, of course, rainbow numbers…

Many opportunities for numeral recognition, counting, colour matching & sorting…

Rainbow maths from Rachel (",)

 

Rainbow maths from Rachel (",)

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Discovery Table

Some simple Transient Art ( you know I love it!). I didn’t go too mad on the rainbow colours here, balancing them out with more natural shades…

Simple Transient Art... from Rachel (",)

 

Simple Transient Art... from Rachel (",)

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.Small World

Rainbow coloured butterflies & birds…

Butterflies & birds - from Rachel (",)

I also snuck in 5 Little ‘Speckled’ Frogs…

Butterflies & birds - from Rachel (",)

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Sand Tray

Rainbow coloured ‘plants’, plant pots & glass nuggets. The plants are intended for fish tanks & the pots are silicone ‘baking’ pots…

Rainbow 'plants' in the sand tray - from Rachel (",)

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Light Box

Coloured (numbered) test tubes & pots along with colourful buttons. With an adult guiding, they counted the correct number of buttons into the test tubes & sorted colours into the pots. Without an adult we had potions, drinks, cooking, shop-play, building & just simple filling & pouring…

Buttons, plastic shot glasses & numbered test tubes on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

 

Buttons, plastic shot glasses & numbered test tubes on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

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Scissor Skills

A simple snipping & cutting activity with rainbow coloured paint chart samples…

Scissor skills with paint chart samples - from Rachel (",)

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Mirror Box

We used some of our rainbow resources with the mirror box too. Still loving the reflections!

Rainbow loose parts on the mirror box - from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Colour Blocks

The colour blocks are available all the time, but I had to include them in this post. The children love them & especially enjoy using them with a mirror…

Colour blocks on a flat mirror - from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Dough

Different coloured play dough with cake cases & nuggets. Obviously the children love making cakes…

Rainbow dough... from Rachel (",)

I love it when they are a little more creative though. Look at this ‘snail’ & little man…

Rainbow dough... from Rachel 2

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Water Tray

Quite simple really. All the usual water resources were used with different coloured water each day (& rainbow gel numbers)… the blue colour dyed the children’s skin, so that only lasted for an hour before we swapped it!

Coloured water - from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Rice

Couldn’t resist having rainbow rice too…

Rainbow rice - from Rachel (",)

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24 Comments

  1. Wow! This is all amazing! Would you consider putting links to some of your resources like the wooden ladybirds, etc. also, those amazing glass jars for threading, where or how did you make the lids?

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    • Hi Victoria, see the reply to ‘Claire’ below re the jars. I can email you where I got the wooden ladybirds from if you like… Rachel (“,)

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      • Yes please, if you could email me where you got the wooden ladybirds from that would be great.
        Thanks

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        • Sent! (“,)

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  2. Thanks again for sharing- it all looks beautiful! I love the wool pots, where did you get them from? After untangling wool from tambourines this week I think I could do with investing in some of them!! Claire x

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    • The glass jars I have the wool in are just standard Kilner jars – you can get them in lots of supermarkets & shops like Lakeland & Hobbycraft. I’ve had the lids for a couple of years. They were purchased separately (actually for a party – they held straws & the drinks went in the jar) from the Internet somewhere. Sorry I can’t remember where.
      I made the mistake of just putting the whole ball of wool in, which meant that the wool wasn’t always released easily. It was better when I unrolled a whole load & put it in the jar. Rachel (“,)

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  3. Hi Rachel,
    As a PGCE student nearing the end (or beginning) of a new journey I’m finding your resources inspirational and am spreading the good word for an EYFS practice that truly honours the spirit of children as yours so obviously does …….keep up the good work – now I’m off to practice with my new Sharpie and glass nuggets 🙂
    Susie

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    • Oh Susie, thank you! That’s such a lovely thing to say! It really does mean a lot when people say they have been inspired by something I’ve done. Good luck with the rest of your course – & your first teaching post! Rachel (“,) x

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  4. So glad I found your blog and fb page, some lovely inspiration and passion here. So enjoying your ideas, thanks for sharing with us!
    love all the rainbow colours you were able to incorporate too!

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    • Thank you, Jodie! I have been a follower of your blog for a long time, so that means a lot! Rachel (“,)

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  5. Wow these ideas are fantastic. I’m always look for inspiration and you certainly managed to do that. Can I ask where you bought the ladybirds from? And did you paint the glass pebbles or buy them? Would love to add these to my class room. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Hi Christine, I’ll send you an email with the details of the ladybirds.
      The glass pebbles have been bought that colour. I’ve generally found them on eBay or from online stores.
      Rachel (“,)

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  6. Hi, some fabulous ideas. Can I just ask where do you get the rainbow nuggets from? x

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    • Hi Liz. I’ve had some of the nuggets for quite a while, but newer ones have come from eBay (there are lots if you do a search) or just from a general Internet search (“,)

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  7. Hi, have used your wooden ladybirds over and over for lots of maths activities and have shared your website at foundation phase networks. Such simple ideas but so effective. I love the rainbow activities which have inspired me to change my topic for the autumn term. Can you tell me where you purchased your wooden butterflies and flowers from please.

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    • Hi Kay, thanks for your lovely comments. I’ve sent you an email (“,)

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  8. Hi I love all of the ideas you have posted and would love to know where you found your ladybirds. I searched Ebay without luck. Thank you for the great post. I am looking forward to looking around the site at more of your great ideas.

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  9. Fantastic ideas – thank you.
    Please can you send me details of where you get the ladybirds and butterflies from too.

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  10. Can you tell me where you found all your gorgeous wooden bowls? I am in the United States/California.

    Thank you

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    • They are mostly from charity shops or eBay. Lots come up on eBay in America (“,)

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  11. As a Nursery Nurse who has been working for many a year,just want to say how lovely your ideas are-really inspirational!

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    • Aw, thank you Alison! x

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  12. What beautiful display of activities! I’m inspired to used alot of your ideas that kids in my class would have a blast exploring. I have used the jars before but with pipe cleaners. May I ask where ladybird, butterflies and the wooden dishes from? Would love to use them in my minisbeast and garden area outdoors… Thank you so much 🙂 Ams

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    • My wooden dishes have mostly been collected from charity shops, car boot sales & eBay.
      I bought unfinished wooden bugs from eBay and painted them to create the ladybirds and I think the Safari toobs do butterflies (Amazon sell them) 🙂

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