Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rainbow Party (Bouquet Event)

We had so much fun at our rainbows party. Two other moms and I co-hosted this to share some of the work. We each had a station that we were at and the kids rotated around. *Spray Rainbows and Milk Dancing Colors were at one station.
“Rainbows” is a great theme to do around St. Patrick’s Day as the wee ones hunt for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow and also in April with “April showers bring May flowers”. Our Flower Party will be posted soon if you want to do the April and May combo! Whenever you chose to have a rainbow party one thing is for sure that the kiddos will have a great time!
Enjoy this post for…

Rainbow Party for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...

Fruit Loop and Marshmallow Rainbow
This is a fun craft that has circulated around the blog-world!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Paper (cardstock is best for this)
Colored crayons or markers (to prep the rainbow lines for younger kids)
Fruit loops
1. Prep the craft by drawing rainbow lines on for kids to follow when gluing fruit loops.

2. Set out Fruit Loops and let the kiddos glue them on the lines to make a rainbow.

3. Kids can also glue on marshmallows for the clouds.

Giant Rainbow Collage
This is a great project for the kiddos to work together on and the supplies can be just scraps around the house!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Large poster board or butcher paper
Colors of the rainbow written on paper of that color
Glue sticks
Scraps of all of the colors of the rainbow (fabric, paper, magazine pics, paint chips, yarn, stickers, etc.)
1. Prep the collage by drawing a rainbow shape with the spaces for the colors (we did Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue, Purple and omitted Violet)

2. Kids go through scrap pile and glue colored scraps where they go on the rainbow (they can cut pieces if they want).

A great rainbow to display!

Spray Rainbow Pictures
Spray pictures are fun to do for many themes – if it is raining you can set them out in the rain but if not a spray bottle works great!
The Stuff
The FUN!
Coffee filters (cut in ½)
Spray bottle (or rain)
Paper towels (or newspaper)
1. Kids color a rainbow on their coffee filter.

2. Put a paper towel (or newspaper) under the coffee filter and spray lightly (too much water will make color disappear).  

3. Let dry. While drying we did the Milk Colors together (see below)

Milk Dancing Colors
This is so fun to do! We especially like experimenting with the temperature of the milk to see what works best.
The Stuff
The FUN!
Shallow dish
Milk (whole or 2%)
Food color
Dishwashing liquid soap

1. Pour milk in the bottom of the shallow dish (enough to cover). Let the milk settle

2. Drop spots of food color (colors of the rainbow) in the center of the milk. 

3. First dip a q-tip in the milk by the colors with nothing on it – see what happens.

4. Then dip the other side of the q-tip in dishwashing liquid and then dip in milk by the colors – see what happens!
*Try it again with warm milk – see if it works better!

Check out Steve Spangler Science to see why it happens.

Rainbow SNACK
The Stuff
The FUN!
Fruit cups (R-watermelon, O-cantaloupe, Y-pineapple, G-honeydew melon or kiwi, B-blueberries)
Colored goldfish
1. Kids enjoy a snack where they eat the rainbow!

*you could also do jello in the colors of the rainbow or the rainbow cupcakes!

More ideas…
Books: Good rainbow books are difficult to find but I did find a couple.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a great book that shares flowers in each color of the rainbow (we used this for our flower party but it could also be used for a Rainbow party).

Here is a cute St. Patty's book!
Here are a couple good books that share the history of St. Patty's Day!

 Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Rainbow Party!
Happy Crafting
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