Welcome to the second challenge of the day for primary school children. These challenges are open-ended, purposeful tasks, differentiated for different abilities, that your child can enjoy every day. Please share your outcomes with the group to receive both teacher and peer feedback. Enjoy yourselves!

Today’s challenge is arty and relaxing. It’s a chance to be mindful and think about how you can bring others joy without seeing them. Children are asked to make a rainbow collage to put in the window.


ALL: The idea is to make a collage using things you have at home. This could be stickers, leaflets, magazines, old birthday cards, tissue paper, post it notes etc. You might them like to fill the gaps using different materials like pens, pencils, felt tips, highlighters and paints. The children will have great fun searching for the colours around the house. This task could take hours!

Preschoolers and Reception: Talk to your child about colours. What colours do they know? What colours do they like? What is a rainbow? What colours does it have? What shape is it? Use your hands to show me. Then you might draw the outline of the rainbow and allow them to stick the materials on to fill it. Don’t forget to discuss why you are making the rainbow and to put it in the window.

Years 1 and 2: Let the children draw their own rainbow and source the coloured materials themselves. Let them decide it they want to cut or tear the paper for the collage. Discuss what a rainbow is and why we get them. Have they seen one? How did it make them feel? |What colours make up the rainbow? Don’t forget to discuss why you are making the rainbow and to put it in the window.

Years 3 and 4: Allow your child to design their rainbow themselves. Talk to them about rainbows and the meaning behind them. Do you know any stories about rainbows? What are the colours of the rainbow in the correct order? Can they remember the colours if you test them? Use the mnemonic Richard (red) Of (orange) York (yellow) Gave (green) Battle (blue) In (indigo) Vain (violet).  Don’t forget to discuss why you are making the rainbow and to put it in the window.

Years 5 and 6 and Beyond: Make the rainbow collage and put it in the window. Then research and present scientific information about rainbows for a younger audience.

Please don’t feel you have to stick to the year group options; let your child choose the option that best suits them. We’d love you to share the results online in our group for peer and teacher feedback. Enjoy!

Ask A Teacher and Challenge of the day are run on a voluntary basis by Bella Learning. If you have a child aged 3, 4 or 5, you may be interested in purchasing this Bella Learning Games pack – another fun way to keep learning going at home. NOW HALF PRICE!

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