A Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

March is here, and as the days get longer and warmer, the kids and I start to look for signs of spring.  One of those signs is inevitably the arrival of tchotchke St. Patrick’s Day and Easter trinkets in the stores, but these colorful signs of spring help ease the last few weeks of winter.  So it’s time to take down our coffee filter snowflakes and start embracing rainbows.  There’s nothing like an infusion of color to brighten even the muddiest March day!

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To do this yourself, take a large piece of paper and write the names of colors across the top in columns.  When I’ve done this before, I assembled a big bucket of colorful items from around the house, but in an effort to get this activity to last longer (and because I know she can sort colors too easily), I made Little H hunt them down herself.  The result was hilariously typical of my little girl–every color can be attributed to a Transformer Rescue Bot, so that is where she headed straight away.

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Oh, she makes me laugh with her tomboy tendencies!  She drove all the vehicles over to our paper and aligned them at attention.  In her travels, sometimes she stumbled upon other colorful objects, but if left to her own devices, this would have been a Rainbow Rescue Bot sorting game, not a scavenger hunt!

Here are her final treasures, sorted in rainbow order.

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please note: a touch of big sister’s influence here as well!

You can take it a step further and count your items, align the objects by size within their group, or label your items with the correct color marker. There are so many ways to extend this activity, but the best part is the sneaky learning that is going on, without your kids even knowing it.

Bring on the rainbows!  Come on, spring!

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Coffee Filter Watercolor Turkeys

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for a little Tom Turkey in our lives.  Em had a playdate and she insisted that one of the things she wanted to do was a craft, so we decided to do have one ready and waiting for the girls when her friend arrived.  She chose to make Coffee Filter Turkeys, using watercolors to paint the tail.  Super cute!

I laid out two pieces of construction paper and cut out a turkey body, turkey feet, a beak, and a turkey “snood” (which I just discovered is what that red dangly thing is) for each girl.

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The website where I found this used markers to color in the turkey tail (dipped in water afterward) but Em didn’t want to do that. She loves painting coffee filters with watercolors so she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to do it again.  She had a vision–she wanted to paint her turkey tail in a rainbow.  I love this sweet girl so much.

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After the “tail” dries, glue it onto the construction paper, leaving room for the body and feet.

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Then assemble your turkey and add some eyes.  Color some in or add googly ones!

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Then step back and be thankful for easy but adorable crafts like this!

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Simple Symmetry

Just when I take for granted that my kids already know how to do things or already understand how the wonders of the world work, I show them something simple–like how yellow and blue make green or we check to see if bubbles freeze–and they are besides themselves with youthful enthusiasm and awe.  The same thing happened the other day when I told Em we can paint symmetrical butterflies by folding a piece of paper in half.  She looked at me like I was speaking another language and I realized–somewhat gleefully–that she hasn’t done this yet.  She doesn’t know how to make symmetrical butterflies.  So we did.

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The trickiest part was making sure she only painted on half of the paper, and to be sure that the butterfly had a thick enough body.  Em is a precise and particular little soul, though, so she was delighted to create the perfect butterfly that would look the same on both sides of the paper.  Like magic.

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After we made a few butterflies, I asked her what else we could paint that could be the same on both sides of the paper.  She immediately said, “A rainbow!” and asked for more colors.

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What a fun, simple, lovely way to spend time with my girl.

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Leaving the world more beautiful than we found it.

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Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

Pulled out an old favorite last week–looking for rainbows inside before it was warm enough to go looking for them ourselves outside!

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Here’s how you do it.  You write the names of all colors across a sheet of paper, and then give the kids a time limit to find as many colorful objects that they can.  You know I love a touch of literacy as an added bonus.

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Anything with a timer makes even the simplest game more fun!

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Little H happened to have a lot of rainbow-colored blocks and toys handy so it wasn’t exactly challenging, but they liked it all the same.

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Colors, shapes, counting (which pile has most? which pile has least? why do we have so many purple and red things?) and reading all rolled into one activity.  With three kids at home while Jax has vacation this week, we may have to try this again very soon!

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft Ideas

Last year I really got into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Jax, and tried to brighten up the end of winter with some color.  This year I thought I would take a moment to remind you of all the fabulous rainbow-inspired St. Patty’s Day activities that we did in case you are new here or have older kids who perhaps weren’t ready for this kind of fun last year.  So here is a glimpse into the madness, and you can find the links below.

1.  Painting Rainbows With Cars

2.  Rainbow Handprints

3.  Roll-A-Rainbow Game

4.  Sorting Rainbows

5.  Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

6.  Counting On Rainbows Learning Game

7.  Painting Rainbows With Marbles

8.  Painting Rainbows With Pencil Erasers

9.  Shamrock Wand

 We’ll see if I have my act together to create anything new this year!  Maybe with a little help from family and friends!

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Favorite Craft #6: Painting With Racecars

This one may not be MY personal favorite, but it sure was Jax’s most favorite thing we’ve done in a LONG time!

Here’s what you need. A handful of teeny cars…

…a dollop of paint in as many colors as you have cars…

…and then let your favorite little person drive all over a piece of paper!


Let me just say that for a little guy who is meticulous, loves not only the destination but the drive, loves nothing more than the open road before him and the wind in his hair? This was heaven.

He drove his cars all over the paper with purpose and took his serious time figuring out which route he would take to get from Point A to Point B. It was fabulous to sit shotgun and observe.

After a bit we realized that the paint was getting more on the bottom of the car than on the wheels, so we added a paint brush to the mix to make sure the paint got where it was supposed to go: on the wheels.

And the finished product!

He LOVES it. I love it, too! He asked me to hang it up in his room. I would not be surprised if his cars were driving on it during quiet time, even if it is hanging on the wall.

But, wait! I didn’t even tell you the best part yet! After the painting is done, there is still more! Because you can’t leave those cars covered in paint! Time for a car wash!

Very possibly even more fun for him than the craft itself!

So what are you waiting for? Get your craft and car wash on, today!
Thanks to The Chocolate Muffin Tree for the great idea!

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A Craft & A Car Wash

This one may not be MY personal favorite, but it sure was Jax’s most favorite thing we’ve done in a LONG time!

Here’s what you need.  A handful of teeny cars…

…a dollop of paint in as many colors as you have cars…

…and then let your favorite little person drive all over a piece of paper!

Let me just say that for a little guy who is meticulous, loves not only the destination but the drive, loves nothing more than the open road before him and the wind in his hair?  This was heaven.

He drove his cars all over the paper with purpose and took his serious time figuring out which route he would take to get from Point A to Point B.  It was fabulous to sit shotgun and observe.

After a bit we realized that the paint was getting more on the bottom of the car than on the wheels, so we added a paint brush to the mix to make sure the paint got where it was supposed to go: on the wheels.

And the finished product!

He LOVES it.  I love it, too!  He asked me to hang it up in his room.  I would not be surprised if his cars were driving on it during quiet time, even if it is hanging on the wall.

But, wait! I didn’t even tell you the best part yet!  After the painting is done, there is still more!  Because you can’t leave those cars covered in paint!  Time for a car wash!

Very possibly even more fun for him than the craft itself!

So what are you waiting for?  Get your craft and car wash on, today!

Thanks to The Chocolate Muffin Tree for the great idea!

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