Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rainbow Games, Part 1: Using Chalk and Bins


Rainbows are a symbol of hope.  They illustrate the colors and wonder of creation and remind us of the promise given at the end of the story of Noah's ark.   I find the rainbow theme to be an inspiring springboard for learning and play.

Rainbow Games and Activities

1. The Rainbow Twist Game

Draw a giant rainbow on pavement with colored chalk.  With or without a Twister game spinner, call out right or left, hand or foot, and a color.


Variations:
  • Sometimes we make this a bilingual game by saying the names of the colors in Spanish or another target language.  For example, "left hand azul!"
  • You can turn this into a tossing game by using rolled up socks.  Aim to toss the sock ball onto each color band.


2. The Rainbow Clean Up Game

If it is time to clean up a fairly large mess of toys, papers, etc., enlist children to sort the objects based on their color and then put them away.



Tip: Provide a matching container for each color, or label containers before the clean up begins.  You may want to assign a particular color (or colors) to each child.


This post is linked to Show and Tell
and It's Playtime.




5 comments:

Ms. Tonya said...

I really like your rainbow twist game. Children learn best when using their entire bodies. Great idea!
Tonya
p.s. I saw you on we teach :)

Jackie H. said...

Great ideas! We need something to fill our afternoon. I think we may try your rainbow game in the driveway.

Andrea said...

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~Andrea

Carolyn Wilhelm said...

Great and practical ideas. They are very clever. Thank you for sharing! Carolyn

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