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