Teach your preschoolers all about rainbows with the many fun activities in this unit study based on A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.
Read the book aloud and then complete the suggested activities. You could stretch the activities out over several days and read the book each day.
- A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
- Rainbow by Marion Dane Bauer
- Another fun rainbow book my kids loved is What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Ann Schwartz
- Don Freeman also wrote many other great children’s books including Corduroy and Norman the Doorman.
- Printable Activities List – Available in the Resource Library
Activities for A Rainbow of My Own Unit Study:
Read Rainbow by Marion Dane Bauer to learn about the science behind rainbows.
The child and the rainbow in the book play leapfrog. Play leapfrog with your child.
Find out more about peacocks with your child.
Practice counting by playing hide and seek like the child in the book.
Ask your child where the rainbow could hide.
Make a rainbow collage out of flower pictures from a seed catalog, or go to a nursery and buy a rainbow of flowers to plant.
Go to a grocery store produce department and find fruits and vegetables the colors of the rainbow.
Using finger paints, mix the primary colors to make secondary colors. Save to paint a rainbow.
On a sunny day, place a clear glass container full of water in a sunny window. Place a large sheet of paper on the floor. Move them both around until you have a rainbow on your paper. Trace the rainbow with a pencil and paint with your mixed paints.
Read about Noah in the Bible.
Color the Rainbow Worksheet. Help your child figure out which colors to use from the beginning sounds of the color words.
Make rainbow cookies. Use your favorite roll-out sugar cookie recipe. Divide your dough into 6 equal parts. Color each one with a different color of food coloring. Children can roll each ball into a rope and then form the ropes into a rainbow. Bake and enjoy.
Read other books by Don Freeman.