Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Activities for Spelling, Literacy Activities, Rainbow Activities, Sensory Bins, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

Earlier this week, the boys and I had a whole day full of rainbow activities and experiments. The boys enjoyed learning about the colours of the rainbow so much, I thought I would extend it a bit further by introducing a rainbow sensory bin, and incorporating a literacy activity for M as well. I also want to highlight one of M’s favourite books he borrowed from the library this week: A Rainbow of Animals, written by Melissa Stewart.

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It’s an interesting book, full of colourful, striking pictures, about many unique animals found around the world, which have been categorized by their colour in order of the rainbow. M LOVES this book, and requests it as a read aloud multiple times a day!

Rainbow Sensory Bin

Both of my boys have terrible colds, and the outside temperature today was really chilly, so I knew we would be staying inside all day. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun for the boys if I put together a St. Patrick’s Day/ rainbow themed sensory bin for them to explore.

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Materials:

  • rainbow pasta (different types of pasta dyed rainbow colours, using food colouring and a teaspoon of vinegar)
  • rainbow coloured lays (found at Dollaramma)
  • coloured straws
  • coloured popsicle sticks
  • foam shamrock stickers
  • coloured feathers
  • coloured pom-poms
  • cotton balls (for clouds)
  • green construction paper (for tearing)
  • red tissue paper
  • magnetic letters (to be used for a literacy activity later on)
  • a magnifying glass
  • paper towel tubes
  • funnels
  • a couple of bowls

When I first gave the boys the sensory bin, I just let them explore and play.

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They really enjoyed all of the bright colours and interesting textures!

After about 20 minutes of busy play, I told M to start searching for the magnetic letters in the rainbow bin, and to place them in a separate bowl.

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St. Patrick’s Day Literacy Activity: Building Words

Once he had found all 16 letters, we threw all of the other materials back inside the rainbow bin and set it aside.

I grabbed a cookie sheet, the St. Patrick’s Day Word Sheets I had made up earlier, and the bowl of letters M collected from the rainbow sensory bin. For each St. Patrick’s Day Word sheet I had M sound out the word (which was pretty easy with the aid of the pictures), and then build the word using the magnetic letters. M made the words: gold, luck, pot, and green.

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I plan on leaving this activity out for M to go back to so he will become more and more familiar with these words.

For more St. Patrick’s Day ideas, click here.

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