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Theme DaysSmarty’s preschool has themes every week, so I have not done a “theme day” at home in a while even though Smarty really enjoyed them. To be honest, it’s not easy to pull them off while working full time, and daughter is usually too tired in the afternoon to really enjoy them. However, last Wednesday I decided that we would have a rainbow day (or, rather, a rainbow late afternoon) in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
A Rainbow Xylophone
When I picked up Smarty from school, we started with a rainbow snack from various fruits and followed with a science experiment. I first thought of doing a density rainbow, but decided in the end to do it when Smarty is older and understands this experiment better. So we just went with a colorful rainbow xylophone. Smarty was delighted to mix food coloring and try different melodies on her xylophone, but I think we would need a taller and narrower glasses to really hear a difference in tone.
It was a warm day, and we went outside to paint a rainbow heart on the paper heart dollies that were left over from Valentine’s Day. Smarty was delighted to be able to try new Crayola watercolors, and they are so much better than cheap variety. She enjoyed trying different colors on her hearts, but quickly switched to her favorite medium – stones. Eventually, she was done, and we watched Sid the Science Kid episode about rainbows. In the episode they used a prism to produce a rainbow, but we looked at the rainbow on CD surface instead.
We even managed to have rainbow for dinner by making rainbow toast. Smarty was very happy to get her hands on food coloring twice in one day and whip up some edible “paint”. Suddenly plain toast was magically transformed into something more desirable, and she ate two pieces of it.
A Book About Rainbows
Of course, the theme day would be incomplete without a book. We read The Rainbow and You by E.C. and R.R. Krupp. Illustrations worked really well for our theme day, but the story itself got a little too detailed for a 4 year old in the last third of the book. I found it interesting that both this book and Sid the Science Kid episode described a rainbow with seven colors. In many children’s books we saw rainbows with six colors, which was unusual for me, since “Russian” rainbows have 7 colors as well. Daughter chose to read the book many times since then, and I spied her writing ROY G BIV and drawing her own rainbows one day.
More Resources for St Patrick’s Day
- Engineer This: Design and Build a Leprechaun Trap
- St Patrick’s Day Crafts
- Discover Ireland
- Looking for Rainbow in Nature
- Consider following my St Patrick’s Day Pinterest Board