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rainbows (& cutting practice)

February 26, 2010

Being that St. Patrick’s Day is just a few weeks away, I wanted to start doing something to get us in the mood.  I came up with… nothing!  Well, except making rainbows, which in all honestly were supposed to have a pot of gold at the end, but I couldn’t figure out how to make a pot of gold that I liked.  So we dropped the pot and stuck with the rainbow.

Anyway…

Because Julie and I wanted our kids to get some cutting practice, this simple project seemed perfect.

1. Gather several different circular items (we used plates and bowls, decreasing in size) and trace the entire circle onto construction paper.  We worked in pairs for this, you’ll see why in a sec. Make sure you get your circles and colors in the right order!

2.  Have your KIDS cut out the circles.  I know this might be hard, but trust me, they all need the practice, even the little ones.  My 2 1/2 year old cut his own circles out, and while they weren’t “perfect”, he got practice and felt a ton of pride in himself because I let him do it!

3.  Fold the circles in half, and cut down the crease, making one part for each rainbow.  See why we worked in pairs?

4.  Glue the half-circles in the correct order (another great practice for the kids to do!).  Put a line of glue on the bottom of the rainbow with Elmer’s and add cotton balls (we fluffed our’s a smidge before glueing on – we wanted fluffy clouds).

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