R: Rainbows

Today was all about rainbows! And not just any rainbows, God’s rainbow! We read four different Noah stories today. (Well, same story, just from different books. You know what I mean.) I told Lydia to make sure to let me know when she saw the rainbow as we were reading. When we got to the final page of each story, she almost jumped up and down, “Rainbow! Rainbow!”

The first book is my absolute favorite book in the whole world, The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. If you haven’t read it, you MUST BUY IT NOW. It’s really one of the best kid’s books I’ve ever read. (Here’s a full review by moi.)

The best line in Noah’s story is,

“And there, in the clouds–just where the storm meets the sun–was a beautiful bow made of light…God’s strong anger against hate and sadness and death would come down once more–but not on his people, or his world. No, God’s war bow was not pointing down at his people. It was pointing up, into the heart of Heaven.”

Isn’t that awesome?! That’s how this whole book is—along with humor and fabulous illustrations.

Then we “read” the next two, Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier and See With Me Bible, illustrated by Dennis Jones. I say “read” because they are both picture books. But Lydia was enthralled nonetheless. Both of these books are humorous and real portrayals of what it must have been like in a crowded, stinky and loud ark for months and months.

We also read one of our old favorites, a book Lydia got for her first birthday, Elephant’s Big Ride, which I think is part of the Beginner’s Bible.

So, after getting the “real” rainbow into our heads, I pulled out the supplies for our activity…are you ready? Because I’m so proud of myself. Not because I made this up, because I certainly didn’t, but just that I pulled it off!


several small containers
food coloring (prefereably red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
small paintbrushes (or q-tips)
sliced bread

1. Pour a tiny bit (a few tablespoons) of milk into each small container. Then add a few drops of food coloring so each container is a different color of the rainbow.

For some reason I only had neon food coloring. So, we didn’t have red. And our orange is a little nutmeg, but it got the point across.

2. Use paintbrushes to paint a rainbow (or random pictures) on bread).

2b. Wait! You might want an apron or an old shirt. This can get messy…

3. Show off your creation.

4. Toast.

5. Be amazed at how different exactly the same they look before and after toasting. (Well, mine did actually look a little darker than before…)

6. EAT. I made a PBJ for me. Lydia dipped hers in hummus. (Sorry, no pics. It wasn’t that exciting.)

Lydia looooooved making rainbow bread! She thought it was so fun. This would be fun for almost anything you were doing. Painting different shapes, animals or letters. What a great thing to let the kids do while you’re cooking. Then they can eat their creations during the meal.

I’m lovin’ me some “R”!!

ps…we also read Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner before Lydia’s nap. Because really, how much better of an “r” book can you get?

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2 responses to “R: Rainbows

  1. Hi!

    I came across your fun blog via a google alert thing. I’m the author of THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE and thought I’d stop by and say Hi and thank you very much for your review of the book–here and your full one last year.

    It’s God’s Incredible Wonderful Story–and my honor to have some small part in retelling it for children (and adults, too!).

    what a fun rainbow day!

    Bless you

  2. Leigh

    WHOA!!!! Sally Lloyd-Jones! That is so cool! I’m reading to EJ out of that storybook Bible (which we got per your last recommendation!), and he loves the story of David and Goliath out of it. We read that story first, and then continue on to wherever we are for the next story.

    And I love the rainbow toast! what a great idea!