It is time for another fun busy bag idea for the month. Last month we shared a Valentine inspired busy bag with you and this month we have a rainbow inspired one to share. Spring and ST. Patrick’s Day are coming up so the ideas for rainbow inspired fun are stuck in my head. Having 2 small kids, rainbow activities are great to review and teach colors. For big brother and I we just love the bright and cheerful colors of the rainbow.
Rainbow Color and Shape Match Up
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What I used/supplies:
felt- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark purple for indigo, and violet. I ended up taking the violet off because I only had one purple color button. 9″ X 12″ Assorted Pack Acrylic Craft Felt – 50 Pcs
cork board Quartet Cork Tiles, Natural, 12 Inch x 12 Inch, Frameless, 8 Pack (108)
shape buttons- you can cut shapes from the felt but I took the easy way out with the buttons. Felt shapes would be better for younger kids who still stick everything in their mouths. Favorite Findings 3-1/2-Ounce Big Bag of Buttons, Shapes
How to make:
I stacked the felt on top of each other. I then took 2 fingers and placed them on the cork board. I counted 2 fingers seven times down the board. Two fingers wide should give you enough room for 7 felt strips. Yes you can get a ruler but I just like to wing it. I cut the felt stacked 2 finger lengths and got 7 strips for rainbow felt. I left the violet color out in the end because the pack of buttons I had not yet opened only had one color of purple.
Now let the learning fun begin. I set little brother 3.5yr up with the cork board, felt strips, and shape buttons. I went over the colors of the rainbow with him as he laid the felt strips out. I then went over the shapes of the buttons as he pulled them out. Last, I told him he could match the colors up for each strip. He was set. I left him to enjoy his Rainbow Color and Shape Match Up felt set. Big brother came in later and helped go over the shapes with him. Little brother is a pro at color match up but we are working on a few, tricky for him, shapes to remember.
Since I also have a 2yr I am happy that this is an activity that can be done over and over again. As baby brother gets older he can use this too. If I wanted to let him start using it now I would have to cut out felt shapes for him. He is not ready for buttons unsupervised yet. I am even considering letting big brother use it for pattern making and simple math. A “get all the use out of it we can” kind of thing.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Rainbow Color and Shape Learning Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Magnetic Rainbow Name Box // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Rainbow Sight Word Lacing // Preschool Inspirations
Shape Lacing // The Pleasantest Thing
Rainbow Puzzle // Mommy Needs a Coffee Break
Rainbow Popsicle Stick Patterns // Playdough to Plato
Rainbow Color and Shape Match // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Clothespin Rainbow // Adventures of Adam
Quick and Easy Rainbow Busy Bag // The Educators’ Spin on It
Sort and Count Rainbow Puzzle // Powerful Mothering
Rainbow Prism Busy Bag // Left Brain Craft Brain
Rainbow Bubble Wrap Busy Bag // Lalymom
Rainbow Color Sort // Sugar Aunts
Weaving Rainbows // Best Toys for Toddlers
Toddler 4 – in – 1 Rainbow Busy Box // Lemon Lime Adventures
Rainbow Color Sorting Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Pipe Cleaner Rainbow Busy Bag // Still Playing School
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