These rainbow shamrock color sorting printable activities are a fun way for young children to practice color recognition and sorting while also working on their fine motor skills. This free rainbow printable for preschoolers is definitely one you’ll want to add to your preschool centers.
Grab your free printable at the end of this post, and check out over 15 other rainbow color ideas! Your preschoolers will love it!
Rainbow Color Sorting Printable Activities for Preschoolers
Who doesn’t love learning about rainbows in preschool?! And with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we love them even more! Since the demand for my rainbow trees printable and my rainbow snowman printable, it only seemed appropriate that I would create a rainbow shamrocks printable for St. Patrick’s Day.
Do your preschoolers ever ask you what a shamrock is? It’s actually really interesting and rather fitting for preschoolers. A shamrock is a young clover and literally translated means “little plant” or “young plant”.
Shamrocks and clovers are often used interchangeably because they are the same plant. Specifically, a shamrock is a three-leafed clover. Now, what about four-leaf clovers? We know those are considered good luck, and the reason why is because they are rare. They are actually a mutation in a recessive gene of the clover plant.
And that’s why they are a symbol of good luck.
Now, how the common three-leaf clover got turned into the rare four-leaf clover as a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m not sure. (Originally St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity).
But, in the United States, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a fun holiday about the Irish, luck, and rainbows and Ireland is said to be the home of more four-leaf clovers than anywhere else in the world, thus the term “luck of the Irish.” Honestly, I think this is a super fun holiday to celebrate with preschoolers!
And it helps to have free learning printables like these rainbow shamrock fine motor mats. Don’t forget to grab your free color sorting printable at the end of this post!
Color Sorting Printable Activities + Fine Motor
A St. Patrick’s Day printable like this one is especially fun for preschoolers because they get the fun of rainbow colors in addition to the lucky clovers so symbolic of St. Patrick’s Day. This means not only is it fitting for the holiday, but also for any preschooler or toddler who is learning colors. And don’t forget there is a lot of fine motor work, too, which is so important for developing pencil grip.
- Free rainbow shamrock printable (found at the end of this post)
- Pom poms in rainbow colors (or buttons or unifix cubes)
- Jumbo tweezers or mini tongs
Print the shamrock printable on heavy cardstock. There are two versions available. You can print the shamrock in color or alternatively you can print the blackline copy on colored paper instead. Place the shamrock on a table with a set of rainbow manipulatives of some sort. Here are some ideas of manipulatives you can use:
Place the counters on a tray, all mixed up, alongside the shamrock printable.
St. Patrick’s Day Color Sorting Activity Using Free Rainbow Shamrock Printable
The primary activity that inspired this simple (but oh-so-fun) preschool activity is straightforward. Invite your preschooler to use their fingers, tongs or tweezers to sort the pom poms into the shamrock printables. Using tweezers can be hard for many preschoolers. They are hard to “tweeze”, which is by design because it really works on strengthening their hands. You can read more about the importance of hand strengthening here, here, and here.
If you have a young preschooler or a toddler, she might choose to use her hands to transfer the pom poms. This is ok. Picking up each pom pom requires the use of the pincer grasp, so she will still be working on fine motor skills. If your preschooler doesn’t like to use the jumbo tweezers or mini tongs, this might be because his hands are not strong enough or coordinated enough to use them. But that’s why we present our preschoolers with activities like this rainbow shamrock color sorting activity. Even if your preschooler only uses the tongs for a few pom poms, she is still strengthening her hands. Not to mention that she is learning to use real-life tools with real-life hand movements. This is important in the physical development of a preschooler.
How to Modify This Activity for a Range of Abilities
One challenge of teaching preschoolers is that they come to you with such a wide range of skills. Some might already have a mature tripod pencil grasp while another student in your class might still be using the “death grip”, as I like to call it.
MORE FREE COLOR SORTING PRINTABLE ACTIVITIES
Just click the images too be taken to the activity! Then keep reading for even more rainbow activities for preschoolers and grab your free shamrock color sorting printable activity at the end of this post! What are YOUR favorite color sorting printable activities?
Rainbow Activities from my Favorite Bloggers
These rainbow activities are all completely new, so grab a cup of tea and take some time to look through them. Your free shamrock printable is just below this!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Rainbow Color Words Playdough Mats // Literacy with the Littles
Rainbow Shamrocks Color Sorting and Fine Motor Activity // Stay at Home Educator
Teen Number Rainbow Clip Cards // Recipe for Teaching
Rainbow Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Rainbow Money Match // The Simplified Classroom
Rainbow ABC Sensory Bottle with Printable // The Letters of Literacy
Compound Words Matching Activity // Sara J. Creations
Editable Rainbow Secret Code Word Cards // Fun Learning for Kids
CVC Words Rainbow Match Up // The Primary Post
Roll a Rainbow // Teach Me Mommy
Rainbow Bear Sorting Mats // Fairy Poppins
Rainbow Unicorn Toothpaste Science Experiment // Science Kiddo
Make a Rainbow with Playdough Printable // Powerful Mothering
Grab Your Free Rainbow Shamrock Color Sorting Printable Here!
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.