Sticky Wall Rainbow

Sticky Wall Rainbow

Gracen just recently started talking about rainbows a lot, which couldn’t have come at a better time with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner.  Since her Valentine’s colouring matching sticky wall activity was such a hit, I decided we’d do a variation of it for the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

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This time, using the same method as I did last time, I drew a quick rainbow with clouds on the contact paper.

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And instead of construction paper cut-outs, this time I included tissue paper pieces (in coordinating rainbow colours) and cotton balls for the clouds.

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I thought Gracen might ask what the cotton balls were for, given that the rainbow drawing really didn’t include any white, but not the case.  She immediately dove into the bowl and started filling up the clouds.

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Clearly, the cotton balls were the favourite of this activity.  If I would have known, I would have attempted to dye cotton balls in all of the rainbow colours and skipped the tissue paper all together, but maybe we can try that another time.

Once all of the cotton balls had been used in one way or another, she began sticking the red tissue paper pieces on, lining them up just so.  After a few, she looked at them sideways, then looked at me and  exclaimed, “A row, Mum!  Just like a real rainbow.”  For the next week or so, I can almost guarantee that Miss G will be working on her rainbow rows.

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18 thoughts on “Sticky Wall Rainbow

  1. Great idea. Practical question: when did you get the time to cut out the paper? If I tried doing that whilst my little lady was around, I’m sure she’d ambush me, the multi-coloured paper and the scissors!

    1. Hahaha! So true! To be honest, the tissue pieces were actually already little squares (I bought them that way) and all I had to do was chop them in half to make them rectangular, so it was a quick job. If I had to cut them out from big sheets of tissue, it would have definitely been a nap time/ evening job. :)

    2. I would use my rotary cutter on stacked pieces of tissue paper to get them done quickly…. that way you would be cutting all the colours at once and it would probably take less than a minute.

  2. Try those multipacks of mini pom poms – then you wouldn’t have to mess with the dye :) – Love your idea.

  3. Love this idea! Dying cottonballs…any idea on how I would do that? My little guy is on a cottonball kick right now.

  4. Thank you for this great idea . Timothé (5 years old) loved it. He cut himself paper and sorted by color. His brother ( 9 years old) drew a pattern and filled with colored paper. It was great to do an activity together. Thank you very much.
    Emilie (from France)

  5. We do sticky walls often in my preschool class. To make it re-usable, try construction paper or wonder foam. Those stick and re-stick without ripping or leaving anything behind.

  6. Hi, your idea is fantastic I’ll do it with my students however I’ll substitute the paper in stripes for paper balls.
    Thanks for sharing.???

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