Spring is right around the corner…and that means rainbows, butterflies, and flowers! If you’re looking for some fantastic printable activities for spring or a rainbow preschool theme, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 20 free rainbow printables for preschoolers and toddlers.
Free Printable Rainbow Activities for Preschoolers
If your preschool doesn’t allow St. Patrick’s Day activities, then try a rainbow preschool theme. But these rainbow activities aren’t limited to just a week in March; you can use them any time of the year.
FAQ About Teaching Rainbows to Preschoolers
Rainbows go hand-in-hand with teaching colors to toddlers and preschoolers. It’s so fitting to do both at the same time! Here are some frequently asked questions about rainbows and teaching colors to make your teaching that much easier.
A rainbow is an arc of color in the sky that we frequently see after a rainfall. Rainbows appear when the sun shines through falling rain or through moisture in the air. Rainbow colors always start and end with the same colors: red on the outside or the arc, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet on the inside.
A rainbow preschool theme is a great alternative to St. Patrick’s Day activities. Rainbow activities can also be taught during a weather unit in the springtime or a colors preschool theme.
Some toddlers can start identifying and naming select colors around 18 months. The general expectation is that all children know all eight rainbow colors as well as black, brown, white, gray, and pink by the time they are four years old.
When teaching your toddler colors, be sure to keep activities meaningful and hands-on. Talk about colors in your day-to-day tasks, point out colors you see while out and about, and do plenty of hands-on color activities for toddlers.
Printables for Teaching Rainbows and Colors to Preschoolers and Toddlers
These free printables are organized by content areas. That way you can find what you’re looking for lickety-split!
Rainbow Literacy Printables
This fun rainbow letters game will have preschoolers racing to the top while reviewing uppercase and lowercase letters. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or springtime!
Preschoolers will learn uppercase and lowercase letters easily with these rainbow letter and picture matching cards. This free printable also teaches beginning letter sounds with a picture in the center.
These beginning sounds rainbow puzzles will have your preschooler learning early phonics while having fun! They are perfect to use in a literacy center for new readers.
This editable rainbow four in a row game can be customized to fit your preschooler’s learning needs. Its a fun way for early learners to practice sight words!
Kids will love to practice reading CVC words with these adorable rainbow matching puzzles. Matching the pictures with the words is a great way to help preschoolers remember what they’ve learned.
This rainbow upper and lowercase matching activity is a great hands-on way for preschoolers to practice letter recognition. This free printable makes the perfect literacy center activity.
Preschoolers and toddlers will have fun playing and learning with this printable rainbow letter sounds game. To play, simply draw a picture card and move your game marker along the game board.
These rainbow secret code cards will be a lot of fun for preschoolers to crack! This challenging activity makes a great hands-on literacy center.
Picture Books About Rainbows
Well-written, high-quality picture books can do a lot in teaching preschoolers about colors and rainbows. Here are some of my favorites.
Rainbow Math Printables
There are 6 ways for preschoolers to play and learn with these free rainbow math printables. Activities include counting, color recognition, and fine motor skills.
Preschoolers will have loads of fun with this rainbow playdough printable game! Simply roll the dice, count the dots, and add the colors of the rainbow to the mat.
These rainbow number match cards are an easy way for preschoolers to practice number recognition. The printable puzzles are for numbers 1 through 20.
This fun rainbow roll and cover game is a great way for preschoolers to practice number recognition. It can even be used to teach counting, addition, and subitizing.
This free rainbow train preschool counting game is sure to be a favorite among train lovers. It teaches kids counting, color recognition, and early graphing.
Try this rainbow ten frame game to introduce your preschoolers to ten frames. It’s a great way to work on counting and early math skills.
Preschoolers will love this rainbow counting beads math activity! It’s a wonderful, hands-on way for early learners to practice counting and one-to-one correspondence.
This rainbow tree color sorting activity is perfect for math centers. It encourages preschoolers to practice color recognition while also working on fine motor skills.
Rainbow Counters and Toys for Math
As a preschool teacher, it’s always helpful to have a handful of thematic toys and manipulatives on hand. These are some of my favorite rainbow themed toys.
Rainbow Writing Printables
Preschoolers will have fun practicing writing numbers using all the colors of the rainbow with this rainbow numbers printable. The three different versions cover numbers 1 through 20.
Early learners can practice writing and drawing with this free rainbow drawing booklet. Using one color from the rainbow also helps to review color recognition.
This editable rainbow printable name activity is a fun way for preschoolers to practice writing their names. The best part is it can be customized to your child’s name!
Preschoolers will love writing and drawing in these printable rainbow themed journal pages. The prompts on the pages encourage young children to get creative while having fun!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.