St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's day is around the corner and though my three year old never lets a day pass without celebrating a rainbow, there is no better time than now. The jury is still out on Leprechauns and pots of gold, but the magic of rainbows is undeniable.
Here are 5 simple & sustainable ways that we’re celebrating rainbows at our house this week:
1. Rainbow Playdough
Homemade playdough is infinitely better than the store bought version and free of all the waste associated with production and packaging. Making the playdough is quick and simple, and as far as our kids are concerned, is half the fun. For simplicity, we generally have a two colour at a time policy, but for St. Patrick's day we pull out all the stops and make the rainbow!
2. Paint Rainbows
Paint rainbows on paper, on windows, with your fingers, with your toes or, like we did here, on popsicle sticks. This craft doubles as a fun puzzle once it’s dry.
3. Eat Rainbows
All celebrations ultimately revolve around food and St. Patrick’s day is no exception. The kids adore rainbow vegetable platters or rainbow fruit plates accompanied by yogurt dip with a drizzle of honey for the perfect pot of gold. For more inspiration on eating rainbows, check out Today I Ate a Rainbow. They’ve got great resources, including a magnetic rewards chart, for encouraging kids to eat the whole rainbow every day!
5. Wear Rainbows
Can the kids wear every colour of the rainbow? If they each wear one colour, can your family become a rainbow? Or maybe, it’s time to mix up the rainbow and break out the tie dye…
4. Make Rainbows
Take this opportunity to play with prisms and explore the constituent spectral colours (the colours of the rainbow). This is a great activity for kids of all ages as it’s sure to appeal to both the scientist and the believer-in-fairies.
The Science Behind a Rainbow
A little science goes a long way. Inquisitive minds are sure to ask, amid all the fun, what makes a rainbow. To ensure that moms and pops maintain the illusion of infinite wisdom, here’s the answer: A rainbow is sunlight spread out into its spectrum of colors and diverted to the eye of the observer by water droplets. Need to know more, the National Centre for Atmospheric Research has all the answers you’re looking for.
Rainbows of Inclusiveness
Rainbows have long been a sign for diversity and inclusiveness, themes that are as important as ever for our children. In celebrating the rainbow, consider also celebrating their symbolic importance. A rainbow is most glorious as the sum of its parts and if we can instill an understanding in our children that humanity is the same, we could solve many of the world’s problems.
Eat A Rainbow Giveaway
We love rainbows and we love healthy eating, so we really love the Today I Ate A Rainbow Rewards Chart which makes eating every colour of the rainbow fun for kids. After all, even the best eaters can use a little extra motivation some days! Check out the review and enter the giveaway later this week.