My 5 year old has been all about rainbows lately. Ever since she learned the order of the colors, she has been drawing them non stop. I figured a rainbow craft (that was also a fine motor activity) would be perfect for her current interests and tie in nicely with St. Patrick's Day. And like most activities, this one did not go as planned. My 5 year old wasn't really into it and didn't even want to do it (maybe not the best timing after she had been at preschool all day) until she saw her little sister get into it. Miss Independent 3 Year Old TOTALLY rocked this rainbow cutting collage activity. I knew she loved scissors and knew how to cut from using our fine motor cutting box, but I was shocked with how well she did with this activity.
To start I drew rainbow outlines on each of their pages of cardstock. I colored a little dot at the bottom so they knew which color went in which spot. I set out a stack of old magazines and advertisements along with bottles of glue and scissors. Then I left it open ended and told them to find the colors to match the rainbow, cut them out, and glue them to the correct spots. I did an example for each of them to get them started.
he color books we made a few years ago where we cut colors out of magazines and made mini books for each color. Just another simple way to practice cutting and identifying colors.
Another idea to use this for the classroom would be to make a giant rainbow and work on the cutting and gluing as a teamwork activity. Any bigger than this and my kiddos probably would have lost interest, but if they were working as a team to find and fill each color it would have been much easier.