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These tips and tricks will help you easily create the perfect Rainbow Write Activity that your kids can do every day. They’ll love how practicing their sight words or spelling words is more like coloring than homework and you’ll love how easy it is to put together week after week.
Getting your kids to sit down and study their sight or spelling words can be a bit of challenge.
We all know it helps if you make it fun, but finding that perfect fun method can be tricky.
It helps if you look at your kids’ behavior and then secretly add the assignment in, almost without them even realizing that it’s homework.
My kids love to draw and color, so when I heard about the idea of Rainbow Write I knew that would probably go over really well. Rainbow Write is the idea of having the child write the word over and over again in a different color. It allows them to focus on the word and have fun by incorporating their favorite colors. When they’re done, they have a pretty piece of word art.
The downside to this exercise is you might find yourself writing a long list of words every day for them to trace. The Solution: Type up the words in your computer!
Keep reading for all of my formatting tips!
How to Create the Perfect Rainbow Write Activity
Step 1: Format your page for 2 columns so you can have twice as many words on a page.
If your child has longer words, then just stick with 1 column.
Step 2: Type the word list in your word program.
Be sure to use a font that is easy for kids to trace and recognize. This is key!
Two good ones to use are: Comic Sans or Chalkboard.
Remember, many popular fonts such as Calibri or Times New Roman, Arial, and Calibri have “fancier” characters with advanced letter formations that kids are probably not used to. Example a and g.
So stick with Comic Sans or Chalkboard.
Step 3: Adjust the Font to size 72 point.
I found this is a good size for tracing.
Step 4: Adjust the font color.
Change the font/text color to a light grey so your child will be able to see their rainbow colors more easily than if it were plain black.
Step 5: Let your kids color away! (errr, I mean Practice their sight/spelling words.)
We started at first with markers but then switched to crayons. The crayons work better with multiple layers.
Have you tried using the Rainbow Write technique yet? Let me know what you think!
And always remember to Celebrate the Cocktail of Life!
HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!