Rainbow Craft Stick Puzzle

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Welcome to another fabulous week of Playful Preschool!

As always you can catch up with us on social with the hashtag #playfulpreschool and remember to check at the bottom of this post for more ideas on this weeks theme!

This weeks theme is: PUZZLES!

Oh my, we just love puzzles. To get us started today we made our very own puzzles and they came out super cute! This one is going into our busy bag collection.

rainbow craft stick puzzles for preschool

The aim of todays creation is to teach color as well as counting.

To make gather 10 plain popsicle sticks. These are the thin ones but a jumbo stick does just as well!

Some tape.

You will need some water paints, plus a small tip paint brush. This is just what we use, any paint will work.

My kids were so enthusiastic to paint they didn’t even wait for me to tape the puzzles together!!

To make these puzzles. Tape the 10 craft sticks together with tape on the back to keep them still while you paint. Take a look at my more detailed post on how we do just that on this craft stick puzzle tutorial. painting with water paints

Paint a rainbow on your craft sticks. Now here you can go with either a rainbow that arches and your preschooler can match the puzzle by that arch or you can paint the rainbow across which will require the reading of the numbers provided.

Now I will tell you that I do not have the color indigo on my water paint set! Isn’t that always the case, a missing color! So, what I did was paint that stripe blue and paint over it with the violet, tadaa indigo or something close!patterning with colors

I used numerical numbers on one side of the craft stick.learning symbols of numbers

Then the words on the other ends of the craft stick. This encourages association. (which I hope is actually rubbing off!)
learning words of numbers

We also made another puzzle to study the rainbow as colors more closely. We learned that the rainbow has 7 colors. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Most know them as ROY-G-BIV. (as a south african I have never heard of this!)rainbow color puzzle sticks

I then numbered the sticks 1 to 7 and wrote the corresponding name of color on the opposite end. See what I did here? MORE word recognition.  identifying color and words

Have fun playing with your rainbow puzzles!! We certainly did.

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