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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that N age-nearly-three asked me if we could make a rainbow. I saw this as a great opportunity to follow his interest and to expand his experience with rainbows. Today I want to share a few, simple activities we did together to ‘go with the flow’ of his enthusiasm.
Make a Rainbow
It’s really simple to literally make a rainbow with your toddler. We used a glass bowl full of water, a mirror and a sunny window. We sat with our backs to the window and dipped the mirror into the water. You have to move the mirror around a bit to catch the light, but a rainbow will appear on the ceiling or the wall for you to enjoy. I found instructions through this blog post on No Twiddle Twaddle.
Read the Story of Noah
I think the reason N was so interested in rainbows was his familiarity with the story of Noah. In fact, on the day he asked to make a rainbow, he specifically asked for this story particularly from The Jesus Storybook Bible (affiliate link). (Our family loves this picture Bible, actually, and can’t recommend it enough!)
Go on a Rainbow Hunt
After doing the above, I felt like we needed to do just one more thing. A quick look online came up with the idea of a Rainbow Hunt: going around your garden matching the colors of what you find to the colors of the rainbow. I couldn’t find a printable for this activity online, so I made one myself. N and I went around the garden with the paper and some tape, and taped what we found to the paper. Now it’s hanging proudly in our living room!
If you’d like to take your child on a Rainbow Hunt, you can download my printable from my resource page!
If you’re child is into rainbows at the moment, I hope these are helpful ideas. In general though, I think this shows that doesn’t take a lot (and is essentially free) to extend your child’s experience of something they are interested in.