Planting a Rainbow Book Activity

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This summer, we have been enjoying reading — a lot.  I’m a bookworm myself, so it doesn’t surprise me that our toddler is a bookworm himself. Proof that we love books around here?  Here are some ways the books in our personal library (and at the local library) have been getting a lot of mileage:

  • Summer “read-to-me” program at the local library (our goal for the summer is 150 books)
  • Bedtime ritual includes 3 books
  • Naptime is preceded by 3 books (yes! naptime still!)
  • Spontaneous reading throughout the day (car rides, free time, etc)

So, when I heard about the Love Books summer book exchange, I knew we had to participate.  I’m not sure which part of the book exchange was more fun — preparing our book activity package and mailing it, or getting one in the mail.

Now, onto the package that we received from Jen (Plain Vanilla Mom) for the Love Books exchange (see Jen’s post about the book and activity we sent). As we has just mailed our package a few days prior, Toby was very excited to see something in the mail for him.  We retrieved it from our mailbox late one evening, so waited until the next day to open it.  There is no fun in opening a package you can’t play with right away, right?

What came in our package?  Take a peek below (click on any image to enter gallery view mode).

The book, Planting a Rainbow (#afflink), by Lois Elhert, was a big hit.  We talked about all the flowers and colors in the book, and then my son decided to find the flowers that “matched” the cookie cutters we received.  From there, we started into the Planting a Rainbow book activity in full force.  If you want to replicate the Planting a Rainbow book activity with your kid, here’s a list of supplies (#afflinks)

As you can see from the images below, the entire activity was a huge hit!   (click on any image to enter gallery view mode)

The finished flowers are sitting on the windowsill of my kitchen, where I can admire them as I do dishes.  Sadly, the pom poms didn’t stay stuck of the glue dots, but ended up in my kitchen sink.  Though, there’s a good chance that one of my cats could be the culprit in regards to that… I can’t say for sure.

I love that this Planting a Rainbow book activity was open-ended, and that Toby took the craft and made it his own.  It’s so fun to watch kids be excited about being creative!  I may need to create some more book-based activities for us to do, as this project went over so well.

Planting a Rainbow Book Activity - #lovebooks

love-books-summer-exchangeLove Books Summer Exchange

This post is part of the Love Books Summer Exchange. Over 50 bloggers are participating in the 4th Annual LOVE BOOKS exchange, hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It.

Participants select one book and one amazing, open ended activity to go along with it, and exchange it with another family via mail. Each blogger shares about the book and activity they got.

14 Responses

  1. Meeghan

    This looks like a great activity! I love how you pressed the cookie cutters into the foam -great idea! Love the Summer Book Exchange!

  2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

    What a fun activity! We might have to plant our own rainbow!

  3. Theresa (Capri + 3)

    I love the colorful flowers that your son created. We will have to read planting a rainbow. Our little ones love our garden and I think this book would really appeal to them.

  4. Betsy Finn

    Yes, it was so much fun! My son actually came up with the idea of pressing the cookie cutters into the foam. I think he expected them to “cut” it out like when you press them into dough. :).

  5. Betsy Finn

    Emma, it was definitely nice! I had these flowers on my windowsill for a couple weeks 🙂

  6. Betsy Finn

    Theresa, if your kids love gardens like mine, I bet they’ll think this book is great too. My son wanted me to identify all the flowers in the book. Had to brush up on my flora terminology!

  7. Amanda Boyarshinov

    What a delightful craft to go with one of my favorite stories! Looks like you had fun!

  8. Thank you so much for participating in the Love Books Summer Exchange! Looks like everyone had a lot of fun with this special colorful book! Congrats on the birth of your baby too!

  9. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Kim! Yes, this book (and activity) were great!

  10. Betsy Finn

    Agreed, Amanda! I thought Jennifer’s craft idea was great. And… I loved how my toddler decided what to do with this activity all on his own too.

  11. Kate Williams

    What a lovely idea! The book looks gorgeous, very jealous! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks, Kate! I think this is one of our new favorite books now.

  13. Sue @One Time Through

    Thanks so much for sharing with the Love to Learn Linky this week Betsy! This was a fun post to read and Toby looked SO excited – very cute!

  14. Betsy Finn

    Yes, he was excited for sure, Sue 🙂