Maths seems to be getting the better of my eldest at the moment, he’s got so many different methods and ideas in his head that he’s struggling to work out when to use a method and how to apply to properly. Number bonds which will make things easier for him he seems to have forgotten completely so it was time to do some number bond revision with him. I’ve been looking at ways that he can use his creativity to work on some of the confusion and the Number Bond Rainbow is ideal – he can get creative as well as learn his number bonds to 10.
To learn and/or review number bonds to 10
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Materials Needed for Rainbow Number Bonds
Creating Rainbow Number Bonds
Start off explaining that you are going to create a rainbow on the page making it large enough to fill the whole sheet of card. You will be missing out the indigo colour as it is very close to blue and violet and not needed for the purpose of the activity.
Draw a large red arc and then a smaller one inside and colour in repeat for orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
Oil pastels are an interesting addition to your art supplies and wonderful for children to use – they aren’t chalky like normal pastels but they do blend really well – so when our colour set didn’t contain a violet we were able to discuss what colours make purple and to blend the pastels together.
Once the rainbow is complete start on the left-hand side and explain that you will be writing the numbers 0 – 5 on the left hand end of the rainbow colours starting with the red as 0 – and then on the violet you will be starting with the number that is 10 – 5 and working your way across from violet to red labelling them to 10.
The rainbow can now be used as a prompt when completing maths questions that need knowledge of number bonds to 10 to work out. We have put it up on the wall and can reference it when we sit and work together.
More Rainbow Inspired Learning Activities for Elementary
Rainbow Patterns by Life Over C’s
Bubble Rainbow Science and Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s by Preschool Powol Packets
How to Make and Paint a Rainbow by Handmade Kids Art
How to Make a Rainbow Experiment by Lemon Lime Adventures
Rainbow Color Sudoku Printables for Kids by School Time Snippets
A New Rainbow Fingerplay and Rainbow Books by This Library Love
Rainbow Ten Frames Three Digit Number Math by Sugar Aunts
Rainbow Colour Mixing Lab by Sugar Spice and Glitter
Rainbow Shapes by Still Playing School
Math with a Rainbow Abacus by 123 Homeschool 4 Me
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.