This week was Letter R in preschool, and because of this I decided to do a Rainbow Theme. I found lots of fun ideas to try, and we were pleased with most all of them.
One activity we especially enjoyed was our Rainbow Streamers. I got the idea from a combination of two different places.
The Sense of Wonder person used crepe paper as streamers, and the Pre-School Play person used plastic the she got from a “recycling bank”. (I’ve heard about these recycling centers from different bloggers in England and in Australia, and they really sound like wonderful places).
But alas, I have no such recycling bank, so I went to my new favorite and cheap material: plastic tablecloths from the dollar store.
I got one tablecloth of each of the rainbow colors (and yes, I know this picture is sideways. I keep rotating in my photo editing software, but then when I copy it here it goes sideways on me again. I just don’t know – my iPhone pictures seem to have trouble turning the right way sometimes.):
Then I used my handy paper cutter to cut the tablecloth into 1″strips. At first I made streamers that were the full length of the longest side of the tablecloth (108″), and while these were wonderful streamers, I deemed that they would be too long for the Little People.
So instead I made 54″ streamers. Since the tablecloths are 54″ x 108″, you can make 54 streamers if you cut them as long as the long side of the cloth, or 108 if you cut them short. The only warning I have is to watch out if you have tablecloths coming from different stores/manufacturers. Not all tablecloths are folded the same, and if not careful to check how each kind of folded you can end up with lots of short pieces.
Once I got my steamers cut, I folded them in half lengthwise and attached them with this simple knot to the curtain ring in rainbow-order. (I just learned from the Internet that this is called a lark’s head knot – learn something new every day.) You will want to keep the knots loose, because you need them loose to be able to add the glue easily. If you do as I did and tighten them at first, you will just need to loosen them later: