Are you ready for some amazingly fun spring Rainbow Activities? We are! After all of the white and brown this winter, we are ready for all of the colors of spring.
Rainbows are one of my favorite spring themes, because they are so bright and happy. This rainbow activities preschool unit has crafts and hands-on learning while covering important preschool skills.
Ready to see the ideas we are working on? There coming up next, and if you want to use them yourself, just click on the image at the bottom to get them for your little learners.
Rainbow Name Writing Practice
Learning to write your name is a great skill, but it can be a bit tricky. This is a fantastic way to get in some extra practice. Just write your name down the rainbow.
Rainbow Craft Stick Patterns
Kids need to be able to recognize and re-create patterns. For this fun activity, the children get to imitate a rainbow. Using craft sticks, they mimic various rainbow color patters. Print the pattern cards here, and get your colored craft sticks here.
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Rainbow 10 Frames Counting
Rainbow playdough is one of the best things ever!! We use that idea here to count and fill out our 10 frames. You can make your own playdough or buy a set here.
Rainbow Roll & Count Game
This awesome rainbow activity doubles as counting and color practice.
First, you’ll want to find the perfect manipulatives. We used our favorite Rainbow Colored Counting Bears, but you could also use buttons, cereal, cars or whatever else you can think of.
Then, roll the dice, count the dots, and place that many bears on the matching color strip.
Rainbow Makers – Color Matching and Fine Motor Skills
We LOVE this combination of color matching, fine motor skills, and a little bit of STEM.
- Kids have to match the colors to make the rainbow stripes.
- They use fine motor skills to push the pipe cleaners through the holes.
- STEM skills can be used to help hold all of the different pieces upright.
Making 10 Rainbows
We love this idea for helping kids practice the early math skill of Making 10. It is part of the kindergarten common core standards, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. If you don’t have rainbow mini erasers, try using colorful buttons to go with the clouds.
Rainbow Color Patterns
There are lots of fun ways to practice these color patterns, and mixing it up keeps it feeling fresh and new. We used our rainbow color shape buttons to make these patterns, but you could use pom poms, play dough balls, math cubes, or even cereal.
Try stacking them vertically or lining them up horizontally for fun variations.
Letter or Number Sorting Rainbows
Learning to recognize numbers and letters is a great preschool skill. We used our favorite rainbow mini erasers for this activity, but colored pom poms, buttons or other manipulatives.
Rainbow Color Threading
When we are doing our rainbow activities, we like to mix in a great variety of other skills. For this amazing game kids get to work on their fine motor skills in addition to color matching. It is SO fun, and you can use colored straws or dyed noodles to make the holes.
Rainbow Color Matching
Pinching and cliping is another way to work on those fine motor skills. Here we’ve matched that with color matching. We buy our colored clothespins from Amazon, but you can paint a bag of dollar store ones as well if you wish.
Rainbow Letters – Roll and Fill
This activity is a mashup of so many preschool skills. We’re working on:
- Letter Recognition and Formation
- Counting and Subitizing
- Color Matching
- Fine Motor Skills
Rainbow Craft – Color Sorting
We love this fun rainbow craft, and you can do it as a take home or slide the buttons on and off for a repeat color exercise. Don’t be limited to buttons either. Other options you can use to fill the rainbow include:
- Rainbow Cereal
- Pom Poms
- Shredded Paper
Rainbow Letter Matching
Letter recognition and matching is another important preschool skill. For this fun activity the kids will get to find the missing cloud and attach it to their rainbow. You’ll need the Rainbow Printables and we used these Velcro dots.
Rainbow Process Art – Glue Practice
Salt painting process art is one of our favorite preschool crafts. All of my kids love it! You’ll need the printable template, liquid glue, salt, and liquid watercolors. You can buy liquid watercolors here, or make your own using the recipe below.
To Make Liquid Watercolors:
- Pour 2-3 teaspoons of water in a small jar.
- Add 5-10 drops of food coloring to get the desired color. For darker, more distinct colors, use more food coloring.
Rainbow Pencil Subitizing Puzzles
Get some great counting practice in with these rainbow subitizing puzzles. Children will have to make the numbers 1-10 several different ways to get all of the pieces of the puzzle together.
Rainbow Count & Clip Activity
This rainbow counting activity can be used in a variety of ways.
- Simple version – Color dots on clothespins to match the numbers around the rainbow. Have the children count the dots and clip them onto the correct numbers.
- Advanced version – Write addition problems or missing number sequences on the pins. The children will have to solve the math question before clipping the pin onto the correct number.
Rainbow Activities Worksheets
We LOVE all of the fun Rainbow Activities Centers, but sometimes it’s nice to have those no-prep, black and white worksheets too. This rainbow theme preschool set comes with 8 of them. They cover things like counting, number and letter recognition, shapes, and colors.
Here’s a look at some of the pages you get with this set.