This toddler rainbow color recognition activity is a great way to incorporate a fantastic book about colors with a tangible color recognition fine motor activity!
I have two toddlers in my house (2yrs and 1yr) and we try to do work on fine motor activities during the day while their older sisters are at school.
This activity is a great way to have some Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, or Summer fun and it reinforces color matching as well as supports fine motor skills.
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Learning Colors with What Makes a Rainbow?
We paired our toddler rainbow color recognition activity with What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Schwartz.
What Makes a Rainbow is a magic ribbon book that features ribbons that appear in different colors as you turn the page.
Each page has a different color with ribbon and the final page has a beautiful ribbon rainbow.
This book is super cute to explore different colors with toddlers and it’s pretty durable too!
Toddler Rainbow Color Recognition Activity
With two toddlers in this house, we love to work on toddler and preschool crafts that are designed to develop fine motor skills, support color recognition, and are easy to set up and clean up while the big girls are at school!
Toddler Rainbow Color Recognition Supplies
- Colored circle stickers
- Construction paper (We used 12-inch by 18-inch paper because it gave us more room for our rainbow!)
- Bright colored markers (We like to use Mr. Sketch markers because they are very bright!)
To set up your rainbow, use bright colored markers to draw a rainbow with colored lines that are spread 1-2 inches apart.
Then demonstrate the activity by placing a few of the colored stickers on the rainbow.
I used the table ledge to line up different colored stickers. After she was pretty confident, I mixed up the stickers even more.
She did such a great job and decided to move on to teaching her brother. The key for this activity is to demonstrate the activity and then sit back and watch them work through the process on their own.
The whole activity took us an hour with our very large rainbow, so make sure to adjust your rainbow size accordingly.
Looking for more books about rainbows? Check these out!
- A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
- How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney
- Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed) by Ged Adamson
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
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