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St. Patrick's Day/ Rainbow activities

It’s Saint Patrick’s day… so lets do some rainbow fun. SciShow Kids is a youtube channel that I use a lot in my classroom. The children enjoy the interactions between Jessi and Squeeks and learn a lot in a short period of time. Here is the link to their lesson “How to Make a Rainbow.” They provide you a great STEAM activity to make your own rainbow with a clear glass, water and sunlight. After you perform the experiment, have your child explain it to you. Why did it work? What went right? What went wrong? You can expand it by trying different glasses, liquids or light forms.

It is said that you can catch a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow, I’m not sure if this is true or not, but Pete the Cat will try. Here is the link to Pete the Cat- The Great Leprechaun Chase. Watch this video and have your preK make his/her own leprechaun trap with items he/she has in his/her room. Don’t want to make the actual trap? Have your child draw a picture of a trap he/she would build.

Ok… one more fun STEAM project that can be used today or any day. Crayon resist. I posted this process on my I/G page @mydayinpre_k story. For this project you will need a white sheet of paper, a white crayon and either watercolor paints or washable markers (permanent markers will not work, and who wants their 4/5 year old using permanent markers?)

tools needed to start

Start with a sheet of white paper. Draw a picture, write words or both. The harder you color with the crayon the better it works. Also coloring, drawing thicker lines is easier to see too.

start coloring/painting

Trust me when I say this is tricky to do. I stopped while working on this to take the photos for here and for I/G and kept loosing my picture on the white paper… but it is fun and worth it. Plus the kiddos think it is pretty magical, even when they know how it works. Be prepared to have them draw these for you to color too.

Ok… this isn’t perfect, but it is fun. I hope you and your preK kiddo enjoy some fun rainbow/St. Patrick activities. Drop me a message and let me know what activities you tried out. What other fun activities did you do today?

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