With rainbow busy bag your child gets the chance to play in different ways on different days! Give your child a few different color-matching and rainbow-building options with this busy bag. She can puzzle together a rainbow with craft felt, “draw” one with yarn or ribbon and match the colors to their words along the way.
Rainbow Play Theme Busy Bag
Busy bags are exactly what they sound like – bags to keep your toddler or preschooler busy. There are endless themes and learning concepts that you could include in these activity bags. We’re bringing you a colorful creation that’s absolutely packed with rainbow fun.
Inspire imagination, encouraging your child to come up with her own ways to use her busy bag. She might surprise you with the totally genius ideas she comes up with. And, she’s problem-solving and using her critical thinking skills as she decides on new ways to play.
What You Need to Put Together a Rainbow Busy Bag
- A clear plastic zipper bag
- Craft felt in a rainbow of colors
- Yarn or ribbon in a rainbow of colors
- Cotton balls or white pomp poms
- Pipe cleaners in rainbow colors
- White card stock paper
How-To Prepare Rainbow Busy Bag
Cut the felt into pieces. This is a great way to reuse scraps from other art activities.
Cut the yarn and ribbon into strands.
Prepare pipe cleaners in rainbow colors.
Make rainbows! Your child can piece together rainbows using the felt, bend the pipe cleaners or layer the ribbons and yarn.
Add clouds with the cotton balls or pom poms.
Pack it all up. When your child’s done playing, pack up the materials and zipper the baggie.
5 Ways to Play with Rainbow Busy Bag
- Create a rainbow using only pipe cleaners.
- Make a rainbow using felt pieces.
- Put together a rainbow using only yard / ribbons.
- Use all the items to create a large rainbow collage.
- Instead of making the traditional rainbow shape, ask your child to sort and categorize the colors into a deconstructed rainbow.
You can also create color cards, adding in an early literacy angle. Cut the white card stock into pieces. Write one color name on each card. Use the color marker that matches the name. Place the cards out and have your child match the felt, pipe cleaners, yarn or ribbon to each color name.
Learning and Development Objectives
- Color recognition and identification
- Memory and recall
- Fine motor skills – Eye-hand coordination, dexterity, finger strength
- Math – counting, pattern recognition, shape recognition
- Understanding the part to whole relationship
Extend the Playtime with Rainbow Book
Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow! Find the book here: United States | Canada
Toddlers will love listening to the charming story and seeing a different colored ribbon with the turn of each page. The last page is sure to delight with all the colors of the rainbow. What a fun way to learn colors! Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk… Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Other Play Ideas with Rainbows to Try!
- Invite a child to enjoy rainbow sensory play.
- Work on fine motor skills as they weave a rainbow.
- Make your own rainbow purse for your plush toys!
- Color a rainbow with free printable coloring page.