*Make sure to check out our rainbow-themed Pinterest board for I Am a Rainbow by Dolly Parton.
> Classic Games with a Colorful Twist (Source: The OT Toolbox)
- I Spy: Call out a color and kids can run to touch something that is that color. Add variations of movement by asking kids to skip, hop, leap, crawl, or bear walk before touching the colors.
- Simon Says: Call out directions based on clothing colors that kids are wearing. Add as many variations of movement and auditory challenges. This is a great activity for building working memory skills in preschoolers.
- Scavenger Hunt: Go on a scavenger hunt outside or in your house for something of every color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple – and add brown, black, and white too).
> Egg Carton Color Matching (Source: Hands on As We Grow)
Get out the egg cartons, markers, and popsicle sticks! This activity works for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Turn your carton upside down, use markers to color each egg cup a different color
- Color a popsicle stick to match each of the colors used on the egg cups.
- Stick a popsicle stick through the egg cup to make a hole.
- Have your child match colors by sticking each popsicle stick into the matching egg cup hole.
> Ice Cube Color Mixing (Source: Gift of Curiosity)
Just in time for summer! Check out the link above – this activity takes some time (for freezing and melting), but it’s an easy way to experiment with color mixing by using different colored ice cubes. You’ll need water, paper cups, food coloring, and some clear containers. Freeze some colorful ice cubes, combine cubes into different containers, and see what color they become as they melt.