Rainbow themed literacy activities

Here’s a whole range of rainbow themed literacy activities, including free printables: part of our rainbow activities unit.

rainbow themed literacy activities

Rainbow themed literacy activities

For our first set of games, we’re using the same set of DIY coloured paper rolls that we used for our rainbow maths activities, but with the number cards swapped for a set that spell out the word r-a-i-n-b-o-w.

rainbow themed literacy activities

And as with the maths activities, you can use the letter materials in different ways, to suit the age and stage your child is at.

For very young children you might hide the paper rolls around the room and see if they can go on a treasure hunt and find them all. Can they recognise each letter, and spell out the word rainbow again?

rainbow word games

You can also use the rolls to play spelling games. Using the seven letters of the word rainbow, how many new words can you make? Younger children might be able to find simple consonant-vowel-consonant words like win, ran, and bow. Or you might be able to make four, five, or six letter words like worn, brown, and brain.

rainbow themed word gamesUsing circles of gold card to make coins, you can write on some letters and words using a permanent marker.

For very young children you might make indiviual letters r-a-i-n-b-o-w, and see if they can match each letter to the corresponding paper roll.

gold coin literacy game

You might write sight words on the coins, all which start with the letters r-a-i-n-b-o-w and see if you can read the words and match them up.

rainbow sight word gameOr make a set of coins that match the spellings, phonics or vocabulary words you are working on, to suit your individual children.
rainbow writing salt tray

Rainbow salt tray writing

One of our favourite ways to add in a hands-on sensory element to our writing and spelling practise is to use a salt tray. The children can use their finger, a stick or a paint brush to write in the salt and they get the brain-boosting effect of being able to really feel the letters as they make their marks.

rainbow salt tray

To go with our theme, it’s very easy to add a rainbow to your salt tray. I use a baking sheet that has edges on all four sides, which is a nice size to be able to write whole words in, and the edges help prevent spills. I made a rainbow stripe of card and laid it down underneath a cloud of white salt. As the children write their words, the rainbow appears!

rainbow salt tray spellings

Again, this is an adaptable resource. Children at a pre-writing stage might like to make their own style of marks, or try loops, circles and other shapes. You can use it for practising individual letters or the alphabet, writing numbers, or drawing funny faces. All the activities help with fine motor skills, and pencil grip.

If your children is learning sight words or spellings, using a salt tray, rather than just a pencil and paper, is a fun, sensory way to help them practise.

Multi-sensory learning: using rainbow writing to learn spellingsRainbow words for spellings

Take a look at these ideas for using rainbow words to learn spellings.

rainbow theme free printable journal pages for kids

 Free printable rainbow journal

Here’s a set of ten journal pages that you can print for free. They include some writing prompts, pages for storytelling, doodling and sketching, and space to journal each day of your week. You can print as many copies as you like, for a whole family or class, and as many copies of each individual page as you need. Click through to download your free printable rainbow journal pages.

More rainbow themed activities

Come and take a look at my rainbow play station for all sorts of rainbow themed activities, including maths, literacy, sensory play, fine motor skills, art and craft.

Great set up for a rainbow theme unit, with ideas for rainbow activities including maths, literacy, art, sensory play, and free printables.

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