We love coming up with easy games for kids that promote learning and development. This fun, rainbow-themed game is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of March and springtime!
Working with manipulatives is an awesome way for kids to build grasping and in-hand manipulation skills, as they pick up, turn, and orient the small pieces in their hands.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-Free printable rainbow game board and printable spinner
-Small, different colored objects to build your rainbow (e.g. buttons, pom poms, candy coated pieces, etc). You will need 5 blue objects, 4 green, 5 yellow, 4 orange and 3 red.
WHAT TO DO:
The object of this game is to see who can finish building their rainbow first, filling up each color with your small objects. Such a great way to work on grasping skills!
Construct the spinner by cutting out the circle, each of the color wedges, and the spinner piece. Glue the color wedges around the circle to make the base of the spinner.
Punch a hole in the center of the spinner and attach the spinner piece using a brad fastener or, if you are ingenious like we are, rig it up by taping the spinner piece to a paperclip! :)
You may want to mount the spinner piece and the color wheel onto a piece of card stock or cardboard to make it more durable.
Each child takes a turn spinning the spinner. If the spinner lands on red, the child has to choose one of the red objects and place it on one of the red spaces on his rainbow!
Whoever fills their rainbow up first wins!!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Work on in-hand manipulation skills when you’re cleaning up your rainbow boards. See if kids can pick up several of their colored manipulatives using only one hand. Encourage them to pick up the objects one at a time with their Super Fingers and then tuck them away into their palm.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, cognitive skills, visual motor integration, visual perceptual skills, grasp, coordination
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