Welcome to Week 4 of Blueprints Early Learning Virtual Teaching!


Dolly Parton’s – I am a Rainbow



How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow






Fine motor activity/sorting activity/craft

  • Have you child tear pieces (if scissors are available, they can cut the paper into small pieces) of different colors of paper into small pieces.
  • Take a plain piece of paper and make arches, labeled with each color.
  • Have you child sort and glue the pieces of paper in the correct arch.
  • If available, you can use cotton balls to make clouds for your rainbow to rest on.




Exploring Science Walking Rainbow

  • Small plastic cups or glasses
  • Paper towels (*read my tips below for picking the right ones)
  • Food coloring in primary colors
  • Water
  • Printable walking water recording sheets (button to download at the bottom of the post)
  • Small plastic cups or glasses
  • Paper towels (*read my tips below for picking the right ones)
  • Food coloring in primary colors
  • Water

* The pick-a-size paper towels are best because then you just use half sheets for each cup. If you only have full sheets, then cut them in half. I’ve also heard that more absorbent paper towels work better too. I buy the cheap store brand ones, and our water moved pretty quickly from cup to cup, so I am not sure how important that is. It may have went quicker with something more absorbent though.

*BE sure to have paper to record your child’s prediction of what’s going to happen.  Talk with them before during and after your experiment.

  1. Place 7 cups in a row and pour water in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th cup. My cups were about 3/4 full. I have since heard that fuller is better.
  2. Add 5 drops of red food coloring to the 1st cup and the 7th cup.
  3. Add 5 drops of yellow food coloring to the 3rd cup.
  4. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to the 5th cup.


Doing the Walking Water Experiment

You want to try to use the same amount of food coloring in each cup. When I did this with my kids they did drop an extra one or two in since they can’t control it well, but I just added a drop or two more to the others to even it out.

  1. Take a half sheet of paper towel and fold it in half lengthwise and in half again lengthwise.
  2. Trim off some of the length so that there isn’t too much excess paper towel that will stick up in the air between each cup. This will make the water walk more quickly.
  3. Place one half of a rolled paper towel in the 1st cup and place the other half in the cup next to it. Then another paper towel from 2nd cup and into the 3rd cup. This continues until you have placed the last paper towel that drapes over from the 6th cup to the 7th cup.
  4. Stare at the cups and watch what starts happening. You should quickly be able to see the colored water begin to crawl up the paper towel.

Keep checking back every couple of minutes. Soon you will be able to see that the water has crawled all the way up the paper towel and is beginning to walk back down into the empty cup next to it.

Since the cup on either side of an empty cup has colored water in it, the two colors begin to mix in the empty cup. So cool!

Keep coming back throughout the two hours or soon and observe what is happening.


Question to Ask

What do you think will happen to the water?

What is happening now?

Why do you think the colors are changing?



Math Patterning

{Any items available can be used.  You can use shoes, crayons, beads, buttons, bottle caps, craft pom poms, Legos, blocks, playing cards, game pieces,  etc.}



Jack Hartman-See It, Say It, Sign It



I Spy With My Little Eye