Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 | Resources

Planting a Rainbow

Suggested Age: Grades K-2

Submitted by Imelda Corpuz-Amano, School Librarian, Manoa Elementary School

Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert


Activity: Pre-reading


  • Copy of the book, Planting a Rainbow
  • Collage of a sun


  • Chat with your child(ren) about the word, collage. Tell them that the word means cut and paste. (There is no tracing or drawing with a pencil or marker.)
  • Show an example by cutting a yellow circle and some yellow strips; glue them onto paper to create the sun.
  • Read, Planting a Rainbow. Chat about how each picture is a collage, not a drawing and about gardens or plants in general).


Activity: Make a Collage


  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper


  1. Have child(ren) think of a vegetable or flower; they must be able to picture it in their minds.
  2. Make a simple garden collage with your child. (They can write about it too.)
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  3. As your child gets better with collage, have your child make larger, more elaborate collages.

Related books: Growing Vegetable Soup, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert