Spring is in the air, and with it comes rain and sunshine, and we all know that that means Rainbows. So that’s why this week’s #PLAYfulpreschool theme is all about Rainbows. Last week we did some rainbow baking and made rainbow candy crunch cookies which are now a much requested after school treat for the kids. To go with the rainbow cookies, and to work on some skills and knowledge we’ve got a Rainbow Domino Game for you to make and then play with your preschoolers.
Playing games with older siblings or with you as parents can help young children to learn about taking turns, sharing, how to lose gracefully as well as winning with grace. Whilst working on these social skills, you can also incorporate learning elements. A traditional domino set with dots is ideal for working on counting and recognition of number patterns but there is no reason why you have to restrict yourself to those. We’ve produced a printable of our rainbow domino set so you can print it off and have a different version of the game which works on colour recognition.
Rainbow Domino Printable – download here (you will need a PDF viewer to open and print)
Laminater if you wish to make the set reusable time and time again
- Social Skills – turn taking and winning and losing gracefully
- Mathematics – colour recognition
Print out the Rainbow Domino Cards from the download link and then cut up.
If you wish to make the cards reusable then laminate like we have
Play Rainbow Dominoes
We always start by sharing out the dominoes equally between us, working on one for you, one for me etc. We talk about having half or a third of the cards so that even when the kids were very young, language of fractions was introduced with the concept of dividing a number.
With the dominos shared, we place a double in the centre of the table and then took turns to say the colours that we needed to match to continue and placing them in.
The Rainbow’s were a great addition as we worked on remembering the order of the rainbow colours and singing all the rainbow songs that we know.
More Rainbow Activities from the #PLAYfulpreschool team
Rainbow Letter Formation Sticky Wall by Still Playing School
Language Activities for Preschoolers: Rainbow Climb by Growing Book by Book
Rainbow Sensory Bin by Tiny Tots Adventures
Inventing Their Own Songs to Encourage Creativity by Capri + 3
Rainbow Patterns with Blocks by Mom Inspired Life
Scented Rainbow Science and Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day
Preschool Engineering with Rainbows by Natural Beach Living
Design a Rainbow Technology Connection by The Educators’ Spin On It
Disappearing Rainbow Colors by Learning to Walk
Creating Salty Rainbows with Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
Rainbow Ice and Salt Experiment for Preschool by Powerful Mothering.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.