God’s Rainbow of Diversity Printables

Rainbow of Diversity Printables



As I began preparing an upcoming Rainbow Theme unit for Ladybug, I realized that this year I wanted to focus on more then just the colors of the rainbow.  I wanted to do something to focus on the diversity of God’s children.  I put together a new mini printable pack, featuring diversity in children along with the rainbows.  You could add these printables in with the Rainbow Printables I shared previously.

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If I am being totally honest, we are having a bit of a personal struggle with our daughter right now.  She gets told how cute she is a lot, and we think she has internalized this to believe she is cuter than other kids. This has carried over to noticing differences in other children and her telling me they aren’t “pretty” like her {queue Mommy failure feelings and deep sadness}.  I hope to use these printables {and many other real life moments, especially since we live in an extremely diverse neighborhood}, to reinforce that all of God’s children are beautiful. Yes, it saddens me to even admit this publicly, but I feel it’s important to share that even with the best of intentions…it still happens.  I pray she will grow to love people, all kinds of people, with a compassionate, graceful, and amazing Godly love.  I pray I can help lead her to this place.

Now that my mommy guts have been poured out for you, here’s a peek at the printables I created.

I chose the song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to include, for obvious reasons! I included 3 versions {a display song and 2 coloring options}. Jesus Loves the Little Children

 

Another feature of the pack is photographs of real children!  I spent much time choosing specific photos that highlighted differences, joy, and friendship.Diversity Printables for Children

 

Finally I combined some fun clipart of diverse children and rainbows to make a few various printables.Rainbow Printables

 

You can download these Rainbow of Diversity Printables here!


See more Rainbow ideas

Rainbow Pinterest Board

Welcome Spring! Coloring Printables

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Spring Fun Coloring set! This set features all of the things I am desperately longing for here in the northeast!  Sunshine, rainbows, flowers, kites, and warmth.Spring Fun Coloring Printables

Download the Welcome Spring coloring printables and more here!

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here


Looking for more Spring time fun?

Spring Theme Pinterest Board

Rainbow Pinterest Board

Easter Theme Pinterset Board

Easy Readers for iPads and Tablets

Easy Readers

I am beginning to create something new,  Easy Readers that your kids can read on your iPad or other device!  You could also print them, but the main purpose in putting these together is to build up a simple easy reader collection for FREE!  So far I have added the following easy reader books…

Octonauts Easy Reader  On the Farm Easy Reader  Rainbows Easy Reader

 

You can download these and any other easy readers I add for FREE here on the Easy Readers Webpage!


How to download one of my free easy reader books to your device…

Instructions for iPad, definitely the easiest and most user friendly.  I created the easy readers with my iPad in mind!

  1. Make sure you have downloaded iBooks onto your device.
  2. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
  3. Click on the book you want to download.
  4. On my iPad, after the pdf opens there is a little box in the upper right hand corner that says “Open in iBooks” I click that and it brings the book into iBooks and the book stays there! 
  5. Want to read again? Launch iBooks for your child and have fun reading any books you have downloaded!  I made covers for each book with clear graphics so your child can easily see which book s/he would like to choose if you just open your iBooks screen, they appear nicely on the “shelves.”


Instructions for Kindle Fire, my husband has this so I tested it out-not nearly as simple as an i device.  The PDFs read and scroll fine, but when in landscape mode the page is a bit too large and cannot scroll smaller.  If you turn it to portrait mode, the page is smaller but it show the full page all at once.

  1. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
  2. Click on the book you want to download.
  3. After the pdf file downloads, click on the little yellow image shown below, then click on “downloads” {green}IMG_4232
  4. You will then see the file you just downloaded.
  5. In order to have the files STAY on your Fire, you need to follow the instructions to email docs to your kindle email address.  It does not support the graphics on the first page, the pages are just plain. Or you can just go back to your downloads screen, I believe they stay there.

As for other tablets, I have no clue!  You can experiment to see how PDF files are supported for your particular device.


Want to Print?

  1. Print at full size and slip the pages into sheet protectors to make your own book.  Tie the sheet protectors through the holes with string, or use a folder with prongs.
  2. Scale down the PDF to make a half or quarter size book.

I hope to add more easy readers to the collection, Krash and Ladybug are really enjoying the ones we have so far!  Krash has requested Skylanders, Star Wars, and a few more so I better get busy!  These are very easy for him to read, but he loves that.  He is beyond this type of easy reader but it is a nice confidence boost for him.  Ladybug will just be getting into this level of reader soon!

Hands On Rainbows…Toys, Crafts, Books

I had so much fun choosing toys, crafts, books, and manipulatives for Ladybug’s Rainbow theme, I thought I would share some of our  hands-on ideas all in one place! 

Hands On Rainbows


Crafts & Art

Marble Painted Rainbows ~ We used the blank rainbow printable in my Tot Pack, I trimmed it to fit the only box we had suitable for marble painting.  I got out rainbow colors and marbles.  We squirt a bit of paint right into the box and then drop the marble in.  I added different colors as we went along!

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Make a Rainbow Chain ~ So simple, yet so fun for tots-both during the process and after!  Ladybug and I sat together and taped her chain {we only made one rainbow, but you could keep it going!}.  After we finished she loved playing with it!

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Fluffy Cloud Rainbows ~ The ever popular rainbow craft, cotton balls, white construction paper and rainbow strips!IMG_3132

Open Ended Art Rainbow ~ there is a blank printable in my Rainbow Tot Pack you can use, or just draw your own! I gave her rainbow colors and a porcupine ring painter and let her paint her rainbow however she chose!IMG_2781

Rainbow Colored Play Dough Fun ~ Use the printable from the Rainbow Tot Pack shown below, or just have fun with rainbow colors!

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Toys

Parachute ~ Our exact parachute is this one from Oriental Trading, I saw this one on Amazon too.  We have a 6 ft version, which is nice for home use.  IMG_2819

 

Rainbow Balancer ~ This is an awesome toy and she plays with it all the time!IMG_2150

 

Rainbow Blocks ~ We play with this set all the time, but they were just perfect for rainbow week!image

There are SO many more possibilities with toys, the list could go on and on!  Those were just a few of my favorites!


Other Ideas

Make Your Own Rainbow ~ A piece of styrofoam and some pipe cleaners and you have your own home made rainbow! I set it up for her and she spent loads of time looking at it and touching it. We also took it apart and reassembled it together!  Older kids could put the entire thing together as a craft!IMG_2766

Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ Print the song lyrics and laminate, make props out of the printables by laminating them, cutting them out, and taping to colored popsicle sticks.  Use the props while singing!

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You can use the foam/pipe cleaner rainbow shown above too!IMG_3205

Make a Game ~ Use a store bought color die, or make your own, grab a collection of matching pom poms.  Have your child roll the die and then move the correct color pom pom into another container {we used a paint tray}.

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Water Beads ~ I ordered this set, which is very inexpensive for 5 colors!  The kids absolutely love watching them grow and then playing in them.

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Books


Be sure to visit my Rainbow Pinterest Board for even more ideas!

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See our Rainbow Tot School Post also for more ideas!

Tot School – Rainbows

~Ladybug is currently 35 months old~


Here is her desk set up for Rainbow Week

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Her book basket has mostly COLOR books, a few rainbow books too.  I picked colorful toys for her trays this week, she really liked all of the color!IMG_2743

On Monday morning she sat right down and got busy, she loved the set up!  I put the many printables I had for her in her notebook.  She flips through and chooses what she wants.IMG_2753

She chose Dot Fun first and asked to use stickers!IMG_2761

She loved the little rainbow I made for her with pipe cleaners and foam, she spent lots of time exploring it and we took it apart together and reassembled it together too!IMG_2766

Later in the week I got the idea to use the above rainbow along with our Somewhere Over the Rainbow props!  We stuck the other props in the styrofoam too and Ladybug chose the correct prop as we sang the song and got to certain parts!IMG_3192

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I Love Colors was her favorite book from the collection, she read it alone many times and of course we read it together tons too!IMG_2768

Once I saw how much she loved this book, I made a doggie for her to color like the dog in the book.  BIG hit, she loved this!  I was absolutely amazed with the end result, I didn’t help her one bit, she chose where to put the colors all on her own and he looks so similar to the dog in the book!  This printable has been added to the Rainbow Tot Pack.

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Lots of painting for Rainbow Week!  here she was painting free style on the blank rainbow printable from the Rainbow Tot Pack.  She is using Porcupine ring painters.IMG_2781

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She wanted to make rainbow lines on this one so I helped her just by showing her the order and where to paint, but she managed the rest on her own!IMG_2787

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I absolutely love the end result!IMG_2797

 

We marble painted rainbows, which she loved!  It is such a wonderful way to build so many skills while also coming out with a beautiful piece of art in the end!IMG_3094

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after they dried I cut out the rainbow shape.IMG_3247

 

We made cotton cloud rainbows too.  I precut all of the strips and she chose the order and did the gluing completely on her own!  I helped her put the cotton on, she didn’t like the glue on her fingers after the first few she tried!IMG_2811

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Rainbow play doh wasn’t nearly as fun as I thought it would be.  Well, it was for me, but she didn’t like it as much as I did.  IMG_3170

We made the rainbow together and the letters, but mostly she wanted to make snowmen!IMG_3173

 

We made a simple rainbow paper chain and this was a huge success!

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The cutting activit from the Rainbow Tot Pack was hard for her, but we did it!IMG_3189

Matching rainbows was a perfect challenge, but she didn’t like it very much.IMG_3207

Most of our rainbow printables came from our Rainbow Tot PackRainbow Tot Pack Button

I also pinned the other ideas I used on my Rainbow Theme Pinterest board…image


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We played with our parachute a lot, it was hard when the boys weren’t around to help hold it though!  We put our ball pit balls inside and had loads of fun together!IMG_2819

 

I made her a simple game, with a colored die, matching pom poms, a paint tray, and mini tongs {she chose these to use fro our tweezer/tong collection}.  She rolled the die and then put the correct pom pom in until she filled the tray!IMG_3072

 

Sorting mini colored cubes {from Target awhile back}, into stacking cups…IMG_2736

 

These shapes frustrated her for some reason, she enjoyed popping them out more than putting them in!IMG_2738

 

She loves the magnetic ABC fishing setIMG_3088

 

Water Beads again!  She LOVED watching the grow and playing with them throughout the week!

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Life School

Life school was outside school for us!  We took advantage of every warm moment enjoyed our little inner city backyard to the fullest!  Ladybug loves throwing her big purple ball and is a riot to watch! 

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We have been watching our little purple flowers grow over the past couple of weeks and she loves admiring them each day and announces how many more there are and how beautiful they are!IMG_3053


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Oh how I adore this beautiful profile!  She is just blissful when outdoors, she soaks up every moment and I love it!IMG_2873


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