Inside: This collection of preschool rainbow activities are amazingly fun! Lots of hands-on exploration that will build important color recognition skills, too. Add them to your rainbow theme!
After a month of winter activities and lots of white, we welcome color into our classroom with a rainbow theme.
Learning about the rainbow is a fun way to build color recognition skills, especially if they are playful.
These 9 preschool rainbow activities have been done by my students in the past few years and thoroughly enjoyed.
And, they bring that much needed color into our environment, just as spring is around the corner!
9 Awesome Hands-On Preschool Rainbow Activities
1. Fun Rainbow Color Sorting Sensory Bin
When I searched for materials while putting together this preschool rainbow activity, I wanted different textures.
I added feathers, pom poms, buttons, and matching cups to compare hard and soft.
I also added tweezers to transfer the materials for a fine motor challenge.
2. Make Your Own Rainbow Crayons
Wondering what to do with that box of miscellaneous crayons, some of which are broken? Make rainbow crayons!
This is a fun activity to put together and use at the writing table.
And it uses up some of those old crayons you have saved forever.
3. Rainbow Pasta Necklace
Sort the dyed pasta in rainbow order and make a rainbow necklace!
Strengthen those hands and fingers while threading the pasta onto yarn.
4. Rainbow Name Bottles
Learn the letters in your name by placing them inside this fun rainbow rice bottle!
A great way to add some literacy to your rainbow theme.
5. Bubble Wrap Rainbow Process Art
Rolling paint on bubble wrap is one of our favorite process art activities. There’s so much action going on!
We had fun pressing paper on top of the bubble wrap to make rainbow prints, and the rainbow bubble wrap looked pretty cool displayed in our classroom.
Link: Rainbow Process Art
6. Make a Rainbow Fruit Salad
After reading this fun book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, we made our own fruit salad!
A fun way to add a healthy snack to your day, with some simple counting going on, too.
7. Rainbow Sorting and Fine Motor Craft
There’s a lot going on in this preschool rainbow activity!
First, there is sorting the beads. (Download the free rainbow printable that is included.)
Then, there is assembling the rainbow. The fingers really get a workout threading and twisting.
This is a great 3-dimensional activity!
8. Build a Rainbow on the Light Table
We love using our rainbow stacker on the light table!
The arches get smaller as you work your way through the rainbow order.
You can find this in our collection of light table activities.
9. Sorting Rainbow Colors
Set out your rainbow color sorting bowls along with a variety of colorful pieces.
You can find this in our collection of science and exploration centers.
Rainbow Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
Looking for preschool rainbow lesson plans? The work has been done for you with this packet!
These lesson plans include:
- Recommended Book List
- 1-Page Weekly Lesson Plan Grid with Activity Ideas for Whole Group, Literacy, Math, and Science each day
- Alternate Editable Weekly Grids for 4-day, 3-day, and 2-day programs
- 5 Daily Lesson Plan Sheets with Activity Directions and Materials List
- 2-Page Center Descriptions
- Related Printables
This lesson plan set also includes:
Color Sorting Mats
Color Word and Color Matching Puzzles
I See a Rainbow Book Making Activity
Rainbow Color Word Matching Mat
Rainbow Letter Cards
Rainbow Number Cards
Rainbow Roll and Graph Game
Over 30 activity ideas and explanations!
More information: Preschool Rainbow Lesson Plans