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Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

by Beth Poss


Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlhert is a timeless classic perfect for all ages. A perfect spring or fall book experience to go along with planting seeds or a school garden. Learn how plants transform from bulbs and seeds into beautiful blooms in all the colors of the rainbow.

Watch a video of the book here (I like this one because the reader reads all of the text, not just the story line.)




Use these visuals to help retell the story


Story Vocabulary

Use these visuals as you discuss story vocabulary and details in the story. 



Make a Rainbow

Create your own rainbow of flowers with this cut and paste activity.

Make sure you have all your supplies before you start gardening with this Garden Supplies Checklist


Play a Game

Learn about the parts of a plant with this fun board game. 

Download in PowerPoint and use the PlayTools dice for teletherapy fun.


Continue the fun and games with Garden Bingo!


Alphabet Knowledge

Practice alphabet knowledge with this ABC book with a garden focus.  Look up fruits or vegetables you don't recognize.  Make a list of other fruits and vegetables the kids can think of that start with the same letter and easily add them to the book during the unit with LessonPix images and velcro.


Sight Word Practice

Use a bingo dauber or playdoh balls to cover the words as you practice sight words.


Fine Motor Skills

Learners can work on cutting or drawing skills using the rainbow lines to get to each of the plants.



Math Skills

Work on counting and number recognition skills with these fun Clothespin Counting Cards 



Demonstrate how plants absorb water from their roots, using celery stalks and water with food coloring.  You can also use white flowers.

Other activities from the Sharing Center:


Other Rainbow Themed ideas:

What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Schwartz

Boho Rainbow Theme by LessonPix

Have fun learning and growing together!