Rainbow Fun

We celebrated the first week of spring in preschool by talking about changes in the weather.

We made rainbows from halved paper plates, watercolor paints and cotton batting.

We played on a rainbow xylophones – one wooden and another made from water.

We wrote our names with rainbow crayons – if you don’t have these you can write your name several times with different colors or you can tape a row of crayons together.

We also learned about St. Patrick’s Day and were surprised to find that leprechauns left us Lucky Charms while we were outside playing.

To celebrate the rainy part of spring, we drew pictures of ourselves and glued wallpaper umbrellas above our heads.  We use Mat Man from Handwriting Without Tears to help us draw humans (and eventually other figures), and this is our third rendition of Mat Man since January.  The kids are getting much better at adding torsos to their bodies instead of extending legs straight down from their heads!

We also sang Boots from Laurie Bergner and read It’s Raining, It’s Pouring and sang along.  The back of the book had full lyrics and notation; it always surprises me that my three-year olds understand what music notation looks like and automatically ask me to play the songs on the keyboard when they see them in books.

This song was also fun, and we used it during transition times throughout the morning; when they felt a “rain drop” on their heads they were able to line up, move to a snack table, move to centers, etc.  It came from  a preschool songbook that has songs for common themes set to common tunes.

To the tune of Frere Jaques:
Drip drip drop drop
Drip drip drop drop
Drip drip drop
Drip drip drop
Rain on my umbrella
Rain on my umbrella
Never stops
Drip Drip Drop

We are supposed to visit our tornado safe-spot this week and will also be learning about Easter.  Happy Spring!