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Rainbows in the Snow

What to do:

Step 1

Print off line cards and word cards, cut and laminate.

 

Step 2

Using red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, colour large stripes of each colour on a piece of paper. Laminate the page.

 

Step 3

Read the story 'Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day'. Show the child/ren the different word cards that match the words from the story.

Step 4

Place laminated rainbow paper at the bottom of a tray and cover with salt.

Step 5

Demonstrate to the child/ren how to make marks in the salt with their finger to reveal the rainbow colours underneath. Show them the different line cards and word cards that are available to explore.

Step  6

Let the children explore this sensory mark making experience.

 

Possible Extension:

For a different sensory exploration, try shaving foam or goop instead of salt.

Exploring Mark-Making and Letters

For most adults, writing is something that we don’t even think about, we just do it. But for children, writing is a whole new skill requiring time, practice and encouragement. The skill of writing begins with mark making. What appears to many adults as “scribble on paper” is actually the important first step towards writing- mark making. Through mark making, children are able to express themselves in a new way, not just relying solely on verbal communication to express their thoughts and ideas.

It is important to provide opportunities for children to experiment with mark making, providing different avenues and materials that stimulate interest and creativity- it does not just have to be pencil and paper. By engaging in mark-making experiences, children can practice many pre-literacy skills and develop their literacy understanding. These include print direction, making connections between print and meaning, and the physical process of creating and constructing the shapes and marks needed to write letters and numbers.

You will need:

  • Story Book "Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day

  • Tray

  • Salt

  • Laminated rainbow cards to fit the tray

  • Laminated line cards and words from the story

Click on the PDF File to download Line Cards and Word Cards