Everybody Loves Rainbows!
Everybody loves rainbows! But sometimes they are hard to find! Here's a great way to create a rainbow abacus using Skoolzy Jumbo Beads, pipe cleaners, and a Skoolzy Pegboard, just in time for St. Patrick's Day! This will help your toddler recognize rainbow colors, count the colorful beads, work on lacing beads, and improve her fine motor skills!
The Irish have celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17, for over a millennium. But who was Patrick, and why is he honored? Saint Patrick was born in Scotland in AD 387 to a wealthy family. His real name was Maewyn Succat. He served as a missionary in Ireland for 30 years, converting over 135,000 people to Christianity, establishing 300 churches, spending some time in prison for his faith, and consecrating 350 bishops. Patrick died on March 17, 461 – the day that began the traditional feast day and celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
16 Things You Might Not Know About Rainbows
- By definition, a rainbow is a curved arc of color that appears in the sky opposite the sun. This is a result of the sunlight shining through the raindrops.
- Each individual raindrop makes its own rainbow. However, it takes millions of raindrops together for us to see a rainbow.
- Sunlight can be reflected twice inside a raindrop. This is how secondary rainbows or double rainbows occur.
- The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- When a double rainbow appears, the colors are reversed – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.
- Because Earth is the only planet with water, rainbows are only possible on Earth.
- When it is raining in one part of the sky, and sunny in the other, there's a great chance that a rainbow will appear.
- No two people see the same rainbow. The person next to you sees the rainbow in a slightly different spot from you because he sees different raindrops.
- You will find more rainbows by waterfalls or in tropical locations.
- Some people believe a rainbow is a bridge between the heavens and Earth.
- You can never find the end of the rainbow—when you move, the rainbow moves too!
- You can see a rainbow in a full circle from an airplane.
- Some people believe the rainbow got its name from the shape it forms. A rainbow’s semi-circle arc looks like a bow for shooting arrows. It was also noticed that this arc would form only during a rainstorm. Therefore, they decided to call it a rainbow!
- You can't touch a rainbow.
- You won't find many rainbows in the winter or in a cold climate. Fewer raindrops fall because winter raindrops usually freeze into snowflakes.
- Traditionally, a rainbow is a sign of peace.
Here is a fun St. Patrick's Day activity to share with your toddler or preschooler!
What is needed for this activity:
1) Pegboard Set
3) Pipe Cleaners (in rainbow colors)
4) Color Die used in this activity
5) Math Die used in the activity
More Skoolzy products that can also be incorporated into counting, color, and shape activities!
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