Today we welcome Tara Mitchell to our Picnic Parade! She brings us a spring picnic with a traditional spring icon–the rainbow! If you want to add a little devotional time to your picnic, you could always include the story of Noah and his rainbow.
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:16 NIV
This picnic is a fantastic extension to the story of Noah, or a great stand alone activity too. Thanks Tara!
Spring is my favorite season. It’s full of new things to explore. It’s also the beginning of our rainy season. I like rainy days best when the sun is shining. A good spring shower means my flowers are growing and blooming.
Sunny rain showers usually end with a rainbow, too. We love to go outside when the rain stops to search the sky for rainbows. We’ve even hopped in the car to try to find the end of the rainbow.
A Rainbow of My Own
A Rainbow of My Own is a great book to read on a rainy day. It’ll really spark your kids’ imagination! In this sweet book, a young boy imagines what it would be like to have a rainbow of his own to play with. After spending his day imagining, he comes home to find a surprise on his bedroom wall! This is a great time to ask your little one what they would do if they had a rainbow of their own.
After reading A Rainbow of My Own with your kiddos, why not help your little one make a rainbow of his/her own. All you need are pipe cleaners and pony beads. You can have your little ones sort the beads on their own, or you can presort for them. Then, discuss the colors of the rainbow. Can they find each of the colors in the photos in your book?
Now, let them string the beads on their pipe cleaners. They can do this in rainbow order or randomly. Older kids might prefer to string their beads on ribbon or elastic thread. Pipe cleaners are great for young children, though, because they can be taken off easily.
Once your kids have finished making their beautiful new bracelets, they might enjoy some rainbow-themed activity pages. This mini-pack includes a coloring page, q-tip painting page, and a maze. How fun!
Another fun idea is to have a rainbow picnic! Make up a picnic full of foods in every color of the rainbow. How fun is that! Here are some ideas for foods for each color:
- Red – apples, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cherries, raspberries
- Orange – mandarin oranges, tangerines, orange pepper slices, carrot sticks
- Yellow – bananas, yellow peppers, squash
- Green – grapes, cucumbers, green peppers, peas, green beans, celery
- Blue – blueberries
- Purple – grapes
All of these activities combine to make a fun (and educational) way to spend a spring afternoon!
Tara is a mother of three – 22, 17, and 12 – living in Southern Ohio. She is the owner of Embark on the Journey where she blogs about homeschooling and parenting. On EOTJ, you can find encouragement, tips and ideas, and printables for homeschoolers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you have preschoolers, you will want to visit her brand new site, Homeschool Preschool.
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day? How do you bring color to your spring celebrations?