paper crafts

“Ava and the Rainbow (who stayed)” by Ged Adamson

“Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed)” by Ged Adamson is a sweet story about a girl and a rainbow that stuck around town for a while and brought joy to everyone who encountered it. It’s a story that demonstrates how nostalgia is fleeting and reminds us not to take for granted the beautiful little things in life. Published by Harper Collins.

Inspired activity: Mosaic Rainbow Art

Supplies you will need:

  • Recycled cardboard (cereal boxes work well), cut into a rainbow arc
  • Colored scrap paper – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple – cut into pieces (this can be a great task for an older child)
  • School safe Scissors (for children to cut the paper themselves)
  • Glue stick
  • Markers to mark out the rainbow lines on the cardboard (I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
My oldest daughter working on her mosaic rainbow

My oldest daughter is about 4.5 years old, and she really enjoyed this craft. It was not only a creative and fun craft to put together, but it also encourages fine motor activity through paper-cutting and gluing.

To set this up, I first prepared the rainbow for her to work on and then we reviewed the colors of the rainbow together. I used paper plates for each color group to keep things organized. I left her alone to work as she pleased, cutting, and gluing away as needed.

The result of this project was beautiful! It is a simple and fun craft for all ages. It fosters fine motor skills in preschool children, and for older children, the process of making the rainbow can become more elaborate by cutting smaller pieces of paper and fitting them together like a puzzle.

The rainbow still sits on my kitchen windowsill to this day. I guess you can say this is one rainbow that stayed!

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