The Rainbow Connection
Books To Share
- Moonbear's Skyfire by Frank Asch.
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.
- Rainbow and You by Edwin C. Krupp.
- A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.
Books To Show
- All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler.
- Over the Rainbow by E. V. Harburg.
- Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale by Nancy Van Laan.
- Silly Goose and Dizzy Duck Hunt for the Rainbow by Sally Grindley.
Use crepe paper to create a rainbow across your bulletin board. Use gold foil or paper to create a pot at the end of the rainbow. Cut out book jacket art from old catalogs and paste or staple them into the pot of gold.
Use a rubber band to hold a blue, a yellow, and a red crayon. Draw an arc across an adhesive name sticker to create a rainbow. Add the child's name.
“Boom! Bang! THUNDER!” in Too Many Rabbits and Other Fingerplays About Animals, Nature, Weather, and the Universe by Kay Cooper.
"Rainbows" by Moira Andrew in My First Oxford Book of Poems compiled by John Foster.
Use the bird pattern provided to cut out flannel birds for each color in the rainbow. Use the words to "Red Bird" on Get Ready, Get Set, Sing by Sarah Barchas and put each bird on the flannel board until you have a rainbow dream. This recording is also available in Spanish.
Eensy Weensy Spider
Make the “Washed-Out Spider” craft on page 42-43 of Crafts from Your Favorite Children’s Songs by Kathy Ross. Use this prop as you sing “Eensy Weensy Spider” to have the spider come “down the water spout.”
It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.
He bumped his head and he went to bed.
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again some other day.
Sun come out to shine,
Lighten up this heart of mine.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are grey.
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.
May There Always Be Sunshine
Since we need sunshine and blue skies to produce rainbows after the rain, sing this song with toddlers or preschool children. Pete Seeger originally set the song to music, based on four lines written in 1950 by a Russian child. The song is available on several recordings, including 10 Carrot Diamond by Charlotte Diamond and Let’s Play by Raffi. The tune is very simple and easy to learn. Sign language interpretation often accompanies it and signs are provided at www.geminichildrensmusic.com/order/lyr_feast.html#song15. With a minimum of practice, the song becomes dance like in its fluid beauty.
May there always be sunshine
May there always be blue skies
May there always be Momma
May there always be me.
Some versions add additional verses such as “May there always be children;” “May there always be smiles;” “May there always be puppies;” or, “May there always be you.” Feel free to add your own. The song is also available as a picture book, May There Always Be Sunshine by Jim Gill.
My Own Rainbow
- Large blue paper plates
- Red, blue, yellow, green crepe paper streamers
Cut out the center of the paper plate leaving a big circle. Tape lengths of the colored streamers to each plate. Let the children pantomime moving their rainbow across the sky.
Draw a Rainbow
Every child can draw a rainbow using Rainbow Crayons available from Constructive Playthings (MED-538 in the catalog). Each crayon is a band of six colors. Provide crayons and drawing paper for creative expression.
We Are a Rainbow
(Adapted by Jeanette Larson from a traditional rhyme.)
I see someone wearing red
Stand up red and turn around
(everyone wearing red stands up and turns around)
I see someone wearing blue
Stand up blue and smile, too!
(everyone wearing blue stands up and smiles)
I see someone wearing yellow
Stand up yellow and wave hello
(everyone wearing yellow stands up and waves)
I see someone wearing purple
Stand up purple and walk in a circle
(everyone wearing purple stands up and walks in a small circle)
Stand up every color and play with me
We've created a rainbow for all to see!
(everyone stands up and moves arms from left to right in a rainbow arch)
Check with local physics teachers or a children's museum to locate someone who can show the children how light refracts to create a rainbow.
Alternately, library staff can borrow or purchase several prisms. Place them on a window ledge or hold up in a sunny spot. Show the children how the rainbows flash onto the walls and ceiling.
Prepare a white cake mix. Pour the batter into a cake pan and scatter drops of various colors of food coloring over the top of the batter. Use a knife to cut through the batter swirling the colors. Bake the cake. Frost the cake with white frosting and add rainbow-colored sprinkles. Cut and serve.
- "The Rainbow Connection" on The Rainbow Connection by Willie Nelson.
- “Rainbows” on Daddy Songs by Kevin Roth.
- "Rainbows End/Pot of Gold" on Pillow Full of Wishes by Kathy Fink and Marcy Marker.
Note: Many videos include several episodes or segments. Show one section as part of your program. For a toddler program, limit the film to less than 10 minutes. Display the other videos for parents and caregivers to check out.
- Barney's Great Adventure. (78 minutes)
- Colors (Baby's First Impressions, Vol. 2). (32 minutes)
- A Rainbow of My Own. (5 minutes)
- Rainbow Coloring Page
- The Rainbow Maker
Upstart sells stickers that feature multicolored hands. The stickers are part of their bilingual reading promotion, "Reach for the World." Use these for incentives or to add interest to name tags.