This is a very simple and easy to make DIY rainbow craft that takes less than 5 minutes to make. The purpose of this craft is to teach preschoolers to sort by size and you can also use this to teach colors. This was made with felt cloth but can be made with paper or card stock.
Felt fabric in different colors
Draw a rainbow on a piece of paper and cut it out. I keep the preschooler crafts as simple as possible because time is a rare commodity for a toddler’s mom. 🙂 But if you want it to be perfect, get a template online and print it out.
Place the paper rainbow on the felt fabric and cut using that as a template.
One layer is ready.
Now cut the paper and remove the outermost rainbow stripe and place this template and cut the next layer of felt fabric.
Repeat these two steps for all the layers.
All the layers are ready.
Let your toddler or baby touch and feel this and learn to sort by size. Sensory play has been proved to benefit children and this vibrant colorful activity is perfect for tummy time too.
The child has to compare and contrast and find the largest piece (pre-math skill). Then she has to pick it with her fingers which improves fine motor skills. Then she has to lay it flat on the previous layer and center it (hand eye coordination).
What seems like a simple activity for us is a multi-step brain stimulating challenge for a preschooler and children learn best by having “hands on” experiences. This craft takes just 5 minutes to make but it provides sensory experiences that are vital to a young child’s learning.
A note to parents: If your child makes the rainbow like shown below, don’t demoralize the child by correcting immediately. She did sort by size properly. 🙂
Pack this in a ziploc bag and keep it handy in your handbag. You have a busy bag / quiet bag activity that can keep your little one engaged when you are busy in a restaurant / doctor’s office.