One of my favorite ways to incorporate holidays or seasonal changes into our classroom is by making a new classroom play dough kit!
Today’s kit could either be introduced as a St Patrick’s Day Play Dough Kit, or a Rainbow Play Dough Kit.
We used our Ikea sectioned container – it’s really much bigger than it looks, almost a foot wide. It’s perfect for holding enough play dough and manipulatives for a large group, while also keeping everything orderly.
The play dough stays really fresh in the box and the little sections are self-correcting for independent clean up.
Materials in our Rainbow Play Dough Kit
- 1 batch blue play dough
- 1 batch red play dough
- 1 batch yellow play dough
- 12 pipe cleaners (6 colors) cut in half
- Handful pony beads in rainbow colors (240 beads – 40 of all 6 colors)
- Shamrock glitter (optional)
- Handful pom poms in rainbow colors (36 – 6 of all 6 colors)
The dyed barley used in our Valentine’s Day Play Dough kit would work nicely for this (being rainbow colored, and an essential grain in Ireland) but I had just used it the month before and wanted to change things up.
I had my daughter help me make no-cook Jell-o play dough for this classroom play dough kit.
Add in whatever mix-ins and manipulatives you have on hand or can use for other activities. I try to include materials which I think the children can get a few different uses out of, and I try to offer different materials between the kits.
How We Played with Our Rainbow Play Dough Kit
By providing different types of play dough and different manipulatives, children can find so many different ways to play. I’ll list a few of the ways we engaged with our Rainbow Play Dough Kit, but your group will probably come up with completely different ways to play.
- We experimented with color mixing to make the secondary colors of the rainbow
- We rolled our own rainbow (like we did when we made rainbow slime)
- We pressed the beads into the matching play dough colors
- We made patterns with the colored beads
- We counted the beads
- We used our fine motor skills to thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners in a rainbow pattern
- We made rainbows with the pipe cleaners, bridging them between two mounds of play dough
- We pushed the pom poms into the play dough
More Rainbow Themed Fun!
Looking for more rainbow activities for St. Patrick’s Day or spring? Why not play an addition game in rainbow rice or make magical rainbow sight words? Be sure to also grab our rainbow alphabet match and rainbow number puzzles!
What will your classroom be doing for St. Patrick’s Day? Will you just be focusing on the rainbow or bringing in other aspects of the holiday?
What would you add or substitute in this classroom play dough kit?