Toddler School - Rainbow Themed Unit

Teaching your toddler about colors is so much fun! There are so many opportunities for learning about colors that you can work on as you go about your daily life. Even though my son already knows most of his colors, I wanted to create a week of learning that dove a little deeper into the world of colors! This week’s theme was all about rainbows. As you go through the week, your child will learn about what the rainbow looks like, what colors it is made up of, and the order the colors appear in. You will also learn how the different colors are made through color mixing activities. Throughout this week, you will also focus on the uppercase and lowercase letter Rr, numbers 1-3, fine and gross motor skills, science activities, and some delicious recipies that are all based on the rainbow theme. All printables for the theme this week can be found in my Toddler School Curriculum - Rainbow Themed Lessons in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop. I hope you enjoy all the activities in this post!

Lesson Components

Each of the 5 lessons in this unit include the following activities:

Lesson Setup

Cover Before beginning this fun week of learning, you will want to do some prep work to help your lessons run smoothly. First, set up a unit notebook by folding a large piece of construction paper in half and placing about 10 pieces of copy paper and 1 large ziplock bag inside. Staple the left side to hold it all together and paste a cover page on the front. Your child can color this cover page to make the book his or her own. As you go through the week, paste all your child’s printable activities inside the book for a fun keepsake. You will also have several small items that are reusable, so place these items in the ziplock bag to reuse at a later date.

Art Activities

Art Photo

  1. R is for Rainbow Coloring Page - Give your child all the colors of the rainbow to color with and review the color names as they pick up each color.
  2. R is for Rainbow Cereal Art - Glue rainbow colored cereal onto the rainbow in order of the colors of the rainbow.
  3. Rainbow Cut, Tear, and Glue - Give your child strips of paper to cut with kid scissors and tear with their hands. I find it helpful to start the cut so my son can easily tear the pieces of paper.
  4. R Sprinkle Art - Use liquid glue and a painbrush or small sponge brush to place glue all over the letter R. Your child will LOVE dropping the rainbow sprinkles all over the letter R. Don’t be surprised if he or she tries to eat a few sprinkles along the way!
  5. Primary Color Fold and See - Fold a piece of paper in half and open the paper again. You will paint on the entire half of ONE SIDE of the paper. First, paint a red stripe on the outside edge of the paper, yellow in the middle, and blue paint on the inside edge of the paper. Remember, only paint on one half side. Once finished painting, fold the paper back in half with the paint on the inside. Have your child gently rub the two sides of paper together. Open the paper back up to see how the colors have mixed!

Fine Motor Activities

Fine Motor Photo Developing fine motor skills at the toddler age is so important. This week, you will learn about the letter R though several fine motor activities.

  1. Dot Marker Rr - Work on inside/outside vocabulary by telling your child to dot inside the circles. At this age, it really helps my son to hold a dot marker with two hands. This gives him more control over where the dot stamper lands.
  2. Q-tip Painting Rr - Place several dots of rainbow colored paints on a paper plate. Use a q-tip to dot inside the letters. Remind your toddler to go nice and slow so the paint stays inside the letters.
  3. Yarn Rr - Cut strips of yarn to make the letters. Place a bead of liquid glue on the letters. Hand your child pieces of yarn and point to where they need to be placed. Allow your child to independently place the yarn on the letters.
  4. Cereal Bracelet - Thread rainbow cereal, such as Fruit Loops, onto a piece of yarn. Tie it off and make a bracelet for your child to much on!
  5. Playdoh Rr - Trace the letter Rr with playdoh!

Math Activities

Math Cards Math Cards 2 This week you will work on 1:1 coorespondence by placing objects on pictures that match the number. First, show your child the number and say it’s name. Then, place a counter on each picture of the rainbow and count aloud. For example, tell your child that the first card is the number one card, so we will only place one counter. Do the same for the number 2 and number 3 cards. Allow your child to complete the activity several times so they can feel successful completing independently. Once your child is able to place objects without a visual representation to copy, then they can move onto placing marshmallows on rainbows to match the number!

Sensory Activities

Mixing Colors Your child will also work on color mixing sensory activities this week! Combine two primary colors in a quart size zip-lock bag. Your child will love pressing the colors together to create new colors! Once the colors are mixed, press your finger onto the bag to draw. You can draw shapes, letters, numbers, and anything else that interests your child. For a second color mixing activity, place red, yellow, and blue food coloring and water into individual small cups. Give your child a small dropper and some empty cups to squeeze the water into. Discuss the names of the colors as your child transfers water into a new cup. Once two colors have been mixed, ask your child the name of the new color.

Gross Motor Activities

Color Hop Color Maze Two of our favorite activities from this unit were the color hop and color maze! To set up the color hop, draw colored circles and have your child hop from one to the next. Each time your child lands on a color, ask your child the name of the color. To set up the color maze, draw colored lines that intercept. To complete the maze, have your child follow each colored line from beginning to end. Don’t forget to model the activities for your child. Playing with your child will make these activities so much more fun!

Be sure to check out my Toddler School Curriculum - Rainbow Themed Lessons in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop for all the printables, recipes, lesson plans, and instructions you will need to complete a full week of learning about the colros in the rainbow. I hope you have the best time learning and growing with your child!

Laurin

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