activity idea: planting a rainbow by lois ehlert

October 6, 2009

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Activity Idea:
Gardening is a favorite past time of ours--we have both a vegetable garden and a flower garden. Since it is fall, the vegetable garden is sort of on its way out. Most of my tomato plants are half dead at this point, but my flowers have suddenly kicked in and are blooming like crazy. Who knew a fall garden could be so beautiful?

After reading Planting a Rainbow this week, I thought it would be fun to try to find a rainbow in our own garden. We used our digital camera to take pictures of what we found. I named the colors and asked Juliet to spot flowers. Here's what we came up with:

Red: Azaleas
Orange: Mums



Yellow: Gerbera Daisies

Green: Camellia Leaves
Blue: Okay, this one was kind of a stretch, it's more purple than blue, but the name of the flower is "butterfly blue", so we counted it. And we don't have any blue flowers right now.
Indigo/Violet/Purple: This is another one we sort of stretched on. We felt these were "purple-y" sorts of colors.

Purple Coneflower
More Mums

Juliet enjoyed pointing out the flowers and seeing them in the camera. We also talked about the names of the different plants and even planted some tulip and hyacinth bulbs that will grow in the spring. I am hoping she will remember our day of planting them together this fall.

Another Idea:
Another great idea (from Make and Takes) is to go to the garden center and buy plants with flowers of each of the colors in the rainbow. Then have your child plant them in the ground in that order. We might do that in the spring. I'll be sure to post pictures if I do. For now, you can see great examples here.

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I'd love to see pics if anybody else does this activity!

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