Hello Weather, Let’s make a Rainbow

In “Hello, Weather, Let’s Play Together”, a fabulous semester of Kindermusik’s Imagine That program, we are singing and learning about Rainbows.  Our song helps us remember the order of the colors in a rainbow.  The colorful rainbow shaped puzzle pieces in our activity books provides hands-on learning in building rainbows while we’re singing our song.

There’s other songs about rainbows that I love, and one is most certainly Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection.  This video also provides us the priviledge of seeing a slide show of some of nature’s most beautiful rainbows.  Please watch this with your children, and delight in finding the rainbows AND the double rainbows. 

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You might also want to read the lyrics to the song, and ask some open ended questions.  Of course there are no right or wrong answers, just jumping points for imaginative discussions.  Wouldn’t it be nice for children to have more questions like this.

  • What do YOU think is at the end of a rainbow?
  • What connections do you think a rainbow makes? 
  • What would YOU wish on a morning star?  Do you believe it would come true?
  • What kind of “magic” do you think a rainbow might have?
  • What connection do YOU think of when it comes to being a “dreamer”?
  • “It’s something that I’m supposed to be.”  Kermit believes that watching rainbows help him understand who he’s supposed to be.   When YOU look at rainbows, what do YOU think you are supposed to be?

You might also talk about what makes a rainbow, and what might be causing the rainbow in each picture.  My most favorite way to describe it is that the sun’s rays shine on the water droplets from the rain, and like tiny mirrors, each droplet reflects the different colors that are contained in a beam of light.

At the top of the page of the lyrics, there is a link to learn more about rainbows.  Now, this site has more information than a child can handle, and may be a bit more than most adults care to know, but reading it yourself might help you answer all the questions that the typical 3 – 5 year old child might want to know – AND SOME.

My favorite rainbow book is “What Makes A Rainbow?”  – by Betty Ann Schwartz. 

As a Magic Ribbon Book, a rainbow is built, one color at a time, as the pages are turned.  It is a cute story about a curious rabbit, and is a wonderful way to learn about colors.  My 4 year old daughter loves it and is fascinated watching the magic ribbons work as she turns the pages.

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