Sorting the Rainbow

Learn about colors and textures ~ Spring Activities for Preschoolers

Spring is almost here, which makes it the perfect time to build a rainbow.  This simple craft has me dreaming of jumping in puddles, seeing the first signs of green poke through the ground and the smell of rain.  Can you tell I am anxious for the snow to melt:)  Sorting the Rainbow may not bring spring on any faster, but looking at it brightens my day.  There is something about the bright colors of the rainbow that just make me smile.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures.

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Materials needed for this rainbow activity:

  • Contact Paper
  • Paper with a large Rainbow drawn on it ~ I just drew mine by hand, but you could print one as well.
  • Tape ~ to secure the contact paper to the work surface.
  • Assorted items all the colors of the rainbow.  We used Perler Beads, small pieces of yarn, squares of Craft Foam and paper.  You could also use button, feathers, pompoms, tissue paper, confetti, stickers…and anything else that is tiny and fits on your rainbow.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures.

Lay the paper rainbow outline on the table and set the contact paper on top with sticky side facing up.  Tape the contact paper to the table.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures.

Encourage your child to sort all the items and group them by color.  The more different shades, hues, shapes and textures you find, the more interesting your rainbow will be.   Once they have the items sorted, have them place the colored objects on the sticky contact paper.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures.

For us, this activity was about sorting and recognizing the colors of the rainbow.  I chose not to worry about the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue, Indigo and Violet rainbow order.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures. I loved the look of concentration on the kids faces as they were sorting and organizing the colors.

After the kids were finished their rainbows, we placed another sheet of contact paper on top just to seal everything in.  These little rainbows would look great hanging on the fridge or in a window.

Sorting the Rainbow ~ Fun spring activities for preschoolers. Learn about colors and textures.

As an added bonus, the kids colored the paper rainbow template.  2 crafts in one:)

For more Spring Activities for Preschoolers, Check out a few of our favorites:

 Spring Cherry Tree

Spring Oil Pastel and Water Colors 

Lady Bug Paper Plate Craft

Tie Dye Butterfly on a Stick

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