Math doesn't need to be boring or intimidating. Show your kindergartener how to create a vibrant spring rainbow as she's introduced to ideas such as geometry, shape, counting, and more! She'll be inspired by this colorful mosaic project that gets her in touch with her creative side.
Before beginning this activity, help her to find more information on weather and rainbows. Encourage her to ask questions such as, “Why are rainbows made?”, “How are rainbows made?”, “What colors are really in a rainbow?”, or simply “What is a rainbow?”. Consult a non-fiction book or website for answers.
What You Need:
- Piece of cardboard (try reusing a cereal, cracker, or moving box)
- Clear drying, non-toxic glue
- Construction paper in a rainbow of colors
What You Do:
- Ask her to cut out mock mosaic tiles. Traditional mosaic art is created from glass, ceramic, or other hard tile. These kid -friendly "tiles" are actually small shapes cut from paper.
- Have her identify the different shapes that she has cut the paper into (such as triangles, squares, or rectangles). Make sure that she has a pile of paper "tiles" in a variety of colors.
- Have her use a pencil to lightly outline each line of the rainbow. This will be her guide for where to place the paper tiles.
- Now, invite her to place a line of glue over the first curved line.
- Instruct her to quickly place the paper shapes onto the glue (before it dries). Ask her to count the number of "tiles" as she goes along.
- Repeat for each band of the rainbow.
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.