I am sharing an easy craft that can be used with children of all ages. However, it is an effective preschool craft for several reasons. This easy, hands-on activity will allow your preschooler to do each of the following:
(1) reinforce colors
(2) practice fine motor skills
(3) learn a basic scientific concept
To make it even better, very little preparation is required! This activity was primarily intended for my 5-year-old, but you will see glimpses in which my 3-year-old was involved as well.
I downloaded and printed these rainbow pattern templates from What Mommy Does. In addition to those, we used these very basic materials:
We started by watching an adorable, but educational video: Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave - A Rainbow Adventure. This series has been a favorite of ours for some time now. The graphics are colorful, the melodies are memorable, and the concepts are informative for young learners. This particular episode focuses on the colors of a rainbow and the correct sequence of those colors.
We gathered the specific colors we needed, in the same order. My 3-year-old helped with this part! Then we practiced touching and saying the colors as they should appear on the template.
Notice in the pictures below that I used two versions for my children. My 3-year-old colored a rainbow with only 3 arches. He really only wanted to use orange anyway, and we are mainly focused on paying attention to lines and semi-correct pen grip with him. I used the same template for my daughter, but I drew in extra lines to create enough arches for each color.
My daughter colored her rainbow, paying attention to the sequence, and then I gave her these smaller rainbows. On each of these, she colored only one arch of each rainbow, again following the correct sequence.
We attached the rainbow to a piece of construction paper, and then cut through the top just long enough to fold the top of the construction paper over the hanger.
I taped the ribbon to the bottom, and then my daughter began arranging her smaller rainbows in the correct order along the ribbon.
She taped each rainbow onto the ribbon on the back side.
And the mobile is ready! My daughter was so proud of her work, and she tried to find the "rainbow pattern" everywhere throughout the rest of the week.