Craft stick rainbow puzzles in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 14, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Rainbows, St. Patrick's Day

I first saw this idea on Almost Unschoolers and then shared it with the teachers…

We are exploring rainbows and in one of our activity boxes the children have found these rainbow craft stick puzzles.

At first all the craft sticks were all mixed up into one pile and because there were three sets of rainbow puzzles in the mix, the children had a little bit of trouble figuring out which sticks went together to create one rainbow…

Soon they began to realize that they could turn the sticks over and put the numbers on the back of each stick in numerical order…

But even this presented a problem because there were three sets of the exact same numbers so the rainbows were still not working out exactly right…

Finally, after much problem solving and with a little teacher assistance, the craft sticks were separated into three groups and the children then went to work again trying to put together their rainbow craftstick puzzles…

We did have one other unexpected problem with our craft stick puzzles. When the children put the sticks in numerical order first then flipped over each stick, the rainbow still didn’t line up correctly. Now that the sticks had been separated into rainbow groups, the children realized that they could visually put together the puzzle without having to rely on the numbers…

This activity really did bring unexpected challenges to the table but the children stayed with it and in the end were quite satisfied when their rainbows were complete!

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1 Scott March 15, 2011 at 6:52 am

When we use more than one craft stick puzzle, I admit that I put a swipe of marker across the back of each puzzle – a different color for each – or I put a shape on each stick (square for one puzzle, triangle for another, circle for a third). Mostly it’s for me – so I don’t spend a lot of time separating them. (I’ve said it before; I’m a lazy preschool teacher!)

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I went back today and added color dots to the back of each group of craft sticks today Scott:) Thanks for the idea!

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