The rainbow center

With spring coming around the corner and all the crazy weather we have been having, it has naturally been a great opportunity to explore rainbows. Last week, we invited the children to explore the colors of the rainbow in our rainbow center…

The Rainbow Center by Teach Preschool


We have a bookshelf that always seemed to stump us as to what to do with it until we decided just to make it a “thematic center.” Each week we change the items on the center to reflect something the children are interested in or at other times, we build the shelf around a unit/theme we are talking about…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

The rainbow center was fairly simple in set up. The biggest attraction were the colorful discovery bottles…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

The discovery bottles are plastic Voss Bottles we purchased from Boxed.Com. Each bottle has it’s own ingredients inside but most of them contain colored water and glitter. Some of them also have baby oil and beads in them. Once the bottles are ready to go, we hot glue them closed…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

The rainbow center also included a set of rainbow puppets for the children to play with and to perhaps invite a little more conversation about color…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

This rainbow discovery bottle was a little different in that it didn’t shake up or move any but it did provide a beautiful look at the colors of a rainbow. This bottle was filled with hair gel from the Dollar Tree. You can see a complete tutorial on how to make this bottle over at Preschool Inspirations!

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

I would have liked to have added a few prisms and other rainbow gadgets but we will continue to build our collection of rainbow things for next time…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

Every time we put together this center, it is always interesting to see what the children will do with the items we provide. Most of the items are homemade but sometimes, we go out and buy something simple and cool to add to the center too.

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

One thing to keep in mind is that we intentionally keep the center simple in design. In other words, we don’t overload the center with things as it makes it harder for the children to really explore and find things…

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool

We used the clear plastic Voss Bottles as magnifiers for the children to roll across the rainbows laying flat on the shelf. The rainbows will turn over as you roll the bottle across…

The Rainbow Center by Teach Preschool

Our rainbow center worked out nicely for the week. It gave the children lots of opportunity to explore and talk about all the colors of the rainbow!

The rainbow center by Teach Preschool


Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

How to Flip a Rainbow by Lemon Lime Adventures

DIY Rainbow Glasses by Kid’s Stuff World

Rainbow Slime by Teach Preschool

12 Rainbows to Create and Explore by Teach Preschool

To see more ideas for Rainbows on Pinterest – click here!

By |2017-03-29T11:41:10+00:00March 14th, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Emily March 14, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Do you remove the printing from the bottles? If so, how?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      We use the plastic Voss bottles and they have a plastic wrap that we can peel off cleanly if we start from the bottom and peel up. I believe the glass Voss bottles have printing actually on the bottles – I don’t know how to remove the printing from the glass bottles.

  2. Courtney March 14, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I was dying to know how you got the rainbow sensory bottle! 😉 LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Debbie Greenwell March 14, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Hello…. I notice the name pockets on the wall and the names above them…What are these used for ? Thank you for all your great ideas

  4. Bonnie Hendershot March 16, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah…I so enjoy your website! We do discovery bottles too!

  5. Karen Phillips March 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Take the printing off the glass water bottles with a metal scrubby (not SOS). I looked it up on line.

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