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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rainbow Day 2011

It was with great excitement on Sunday that it was announced and chosen; Rainbow day was going to be taking place this week. We had a similar theme day last year, just with different activities for each color. This year we invited all our friends, and asked if they would help us out by choosing a color to plan. For myself, it made the day much more fun, and it required less planning on my part. I really enjoyed seeing the creative minds of my friends, and the thought that they put into it!

We made sure to have everyone dress in colors of the rainbow so we could celebrate with our whole bodies. My kids enjoyed choosing their color, and we were all surprised to find that red and blue are the favorites. After everyone arrived for the party, Ariel and I chose to change our color so we could have more of a variety of the rainbow. No one had chose purple!

rainbow day party
We started off the party with the color YELLOW. My mom was the planner for this one, and chose to have a candy balloon game. She filled yellow balloons with rainbow skittles, and all the kids had a turn breaking open the balloons like a piƱata. We had a sharp stick, and a fun hat to catch the skittles with!

candy balloon game

A couple of us adults even took a turn wearing the hat!

Our next color we explored was BLUE planned by Cynthia. We all decided she is very resourceful and can turn any piece of trash into something better and fun!

We played a game with blue creamer lids, and blue silverware. There was a bucket full of lids sitting next to us. One person was in charge of adding the lids to the circle, while the rest of us tried to pass them all the way around without dropping them, using only the end of our silverware. If the lid fell, we had to leave it on the ground. The last person in the circle would place the lids aside so we could count how many we got when time was up. If we were able to go through a certain amount without dropping them, and before the timer was up, we each got some Rainbow Twizzlers!

Another blue game we played was with the creamer lids and a bucket of water. We had two teams playing against each other this time for a relay game. The first people had to fill their lid with water, run to the other side and dump the water into a plastic container. The first team to make it to the blue line on the container won.

After a winner was pronounced, it was decided that the winners got to dump their water container on the other players. My daughter got into this the most!

I planned our next color which was ORANGE. We used three cans of shaving cream and mixed it with orange kool-aid. The color unfortunately didn't dye the shaving cream very well, but it did make it smell really good. The kids really seemed to enjoy this, and by the end were covered with the shaving cream regardless of how many times we told them not to touch their clothes.

orange shaving cream fun

shaving cream fun kids
When the shaving cream was all used up, we took the kids to the grass and hosed them all off. It was a perfect day for it as the weather was quite hot. The kids were all cooled down with their dripping wet clothing!

For the color GREEN Cristina planned for us to play "Red Light, Green Light" The kids really enjoyed this! I personally thought every time they need to go back for continuing to run on the Red light, but they didn't seem to think so.

After we finished playing the game, we all had some very delicious green rice krispie treats!

Michelle planned our RED game, water balloons! We had the kids divided into two different teams, and the fight was on.

Ariel found a new way of playing, by first breaking the balloon then trying to throw the water. I think she might have actually gotten herself more wet this way.

We had some healthy PURPLE smoothies made by Rachael to complete all of our colors

After our colors were finished, we played some rainbow games, and made a rainbow craft. I found these rainbow beanbag balls on the Family Fun website.

rainbow beanbag balls Family fun
After a little trial and error, we were all able to complete our balls. We had a little bit of difficulty getting the balloons stretched out enough to fill up with our split peas.

One of the games we played was "Rainbow Catcher"

1) First you choose a "rainbow catcher." They will stand in the middle of a large play area.
2) Next assign all the remaining players different colors of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
3) The rainbow catcher then calls out a color. All the players that have been assigned that color try and run past the catcher to the other side of the play area. The "rainbow catcher" tries to tag as many of children as they can before they reach the other side. Since we had only a few players, we also had the "rainbow catcher" call out multiple colors to make it a little more challenging.

Another game we played was inside the house, a sort of rainbow scavenger hunt. Each kid was assigned a color of the rainbow, and they had to run around finding three things of that color. The items had to be small enough to carry, and you couldn't get two of the same item. The kids seemed to have fun with this, and we even made a clean-up version of the game!

To end our rainbow party, we turned on the sprinkler and found a real rainbow to gaze upon!

It was a really fun day!

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