6 Box Lessons for Rainbow Theme Week

3 year old Tink is joining our family again this week and we decided to take the opportunity to explore colors, a subject she can be a bit shaky in. I made up some simple color themed box lesson activities to mix into our routine, along with some gross motor colors activities which I will post on tomorrow.

Preschool Box Lessons for Rainbow Theme Week from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
1- I’ve been seeing these all over Pinterest for at least a year now so I’m not sure where they originate from but the concept is simple enough. Clothes pin paint swatch match-up. Simply cut a portion of each shade off a paint swatch, glue onto a clothes pin, then supply a matching paint swatch to clip the clothes pins onto.

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2- Here we have 12 different slips. 6 of them have the colors of the rainbow (red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple) written in black while the other 6 have the same words written in the color which they spell. I found today that matching the words was too easy for LittleMan but too difficult for Tink.

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3- This I made out of a 7 day pill organizer from Dollar Tree and some plastic pony beads. Basic fine motor practice and color sorting. Tink asked to do this several times throughout the day.

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4- A very basic version of a color wheel. On one side of each clothes pin there is the letter that the color starts with, on the other side there is just a square of color.

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5- Another one where the children are challenged to look at the letters used to spell the colors. Again, LittleMan found this too easy, Tink found it too difficult. Its amazing the difference that only a 1 year age gap can be.

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6- These are simply pieces of paper in secondary colors (orange/green/purple) which I folded in half and made slits in so the children could use them for weaving. I paired each weaving page with paper strips in the primary colors which make up that secondary color. While weaving the children and I sang color mixing songs to the tune of Frere Jacques:
“red and yellow, red and yellow
they make orange, they make orange
mix them up together, mix them up together
they make orange, they make orange”

Stay tuned tomorrow for some gross motor color themed activities!

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4 Comments to 6 Box Lessons for Rainbow Theme Week

  1. momsquestions says:

    These are all great ways to practice colors. I especially love the weaving idea and that pill organizer/pony bead game. I think my 2 year would even enjoy it, although it would probably quite a bit more difficult for him. 🙂

    • The pony beads/pill organizer game was originally assembled for SunnyGirl (15 months) and even though the concept of sorting by color is a bit much for her to grasp, both SunnyGirl and Tink (3 years) *LOVED* to screw and unscrew the pill organizer sections from each other. I was shocked the first time I saw a 1 year old able to screw the pieces apart and together but children like to surprise us with the things they can accomplish.

  2. Debs says:

    Thanks for linking this to Tuesday Tots, Suzy. I’ve featured it this week on Learn with Play at Home 🙂

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