It's March and of course, everyone thinks of rainbows! We had a lot of fun painting our rainbows with cotton balls. It is a little out of the ordinary to use cotton balls, but I'm trying to be more thoughtful of developing my preschooler's fine motor skills. This rainbow art I'm going to share with you today has a 3 fold objective: fine motor skill development, learning colors, and seasonal art!
paint in all the colors (or at least primary colors) (We used Crayola paints with glitter built in for sparkle!)
a paper plate
Colors of the Rainbow
Our children (and maybe yours as well) have some experience watching Sid the Science Kid on PBS kids. They knew the song they sing, "Colors of the Rainbow". So a quick review was in order. It's easy to remember anything with a song! In case you need a refresher (as I did before children), the colors of the rainbow are in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Fine Motor & Gross Motor Skill Development
We actually used cotton balls because we are also studying seeds and happened to be studying the cotton plant this particular day. "Pinching" the cotton ball using the thumb and first finger and dipping it in the paint is a great fine motor building activity. You could also use q-tips for fun. The movement of sliding the pinched cotton ball from left to right across the paper is tricky and a good gross motor exercise.
This is a great time to experiment with color blending! It'll be easy for your preschooler to see how the colors blend together in their natural spectrum as they create their rainbow. Don't worry about them creating an exact bow shape. Just let them paint and enjoy it! And be ready to keep the paint out and let them free paint after their rainbow. You can also help them make all kinds of "rainbow" type pictures.
Of course, it's March and St. Patrick's Day is on the way. We seem to be flooded with leprechaun stories. You can tie in either of these easily with your rainbow craft. Or explore the color gold!
We had a lot of fun with this art activity or handicraft! I hope you enjoy making sweet moments like these with your preschooler! I just love seeing her sweet little fingers!
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