Monday, July 16, 2012

Rainbow of Friends {outline}

In one of my very first posts I shared my Rainbow of Friends activity that I like to use at the beginning of the year.
The title came from the book Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan but you can use any book about a child's individuality and uniqueness.  The point is just to get them seeing their similarities and begin making friends with their new classmates.

I've had so many emails and requests to share the outline but I can't because it's a printable from Mailbox magazine.  However, you continue to ask for it, so I did the only thing I can...I made a new one.  As long as you're a follower, you can have it!  :)
We keep our rainbow hanging up ALL year to remind us that we're a family at once & always.  Who else is hoping summer will stick around but is still already getting excited for the first day of school?!


  1. Thanks for reposting this because I missed it the first time around! What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing, too!

  2. That is an awesome idea! It such a colorful way to see the children's art work at te beginning of the year. - Vicky

  3. What a great idea!! This is perfect for my back to school friendship unit. Love it!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. What a cute, meaningful activity. Thanks so much for reposting this.

    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. This is such a cute idea. I lurve it!! It works so well with my theme this year. Thanks for posting :)

  6. Love this idea. Such a great reminder to the students :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  7. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing.

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  8. So cute, thanks for sharing!


  9. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm your newest follower and I'm a new blogger. If you have time, stop on over at my blog and visit!

    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  10. What a cute idea! What a fun project for the first day of school! Thank you! First Grade is Wonderful

  11. Anonymous4:43 PM

    I love these little t-shirts.I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance visit my blog "Calling Plays in 2nd Grade".


  12. Love this idea! I was looking for something new this year to do and I always read that book. So here it is. Thanks!!

  13. Anonymous7:24 PM

    Oh I love this! So cute! I also noticed you are a North Carolina teacher! So am I. :)

  14. I am in school now studying to be a teacher and I cant tell you how refreshing your blog is! As many people are saying teaching is no longer worth it I am glad to see someone who is loving it as much as I am. AT the moment I am writing a lesson plan on this book, thank you so much for the ideas!

  15. can i have this template pls?
    rainbow of friends with the t shirt?
    thank you!

  16. Hey Kristin,
    Trying to read what the Tshirt says? Would be great of you could send me a template or post the link. Thanks

  17. Can I please have the template?
    Also, where did you find the larger construction paper? :-)

  18. I love it! Can you please send me the template for the little shirts? It's really small when I try to print.

    Thank you so much!

  19. wooops unknown!

  20. I would love to do the Rainbow of Friends with my students! Could I have the template please?

  21. Hi Kirsten,
    I like your activities. I would like the template for the Rainbow of Friends outline. My email address is


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