Rainbow Scissor Skills Activity Cutting Paper Matching Colors

Rainbow Scissor Skills & Color Matching

make scissor skills practice fun and novel for young children with this easy rainbow scissor skills activity. We also included a fine motor matching activity and a simple collage activity to extend the play and learning. Rainbows are fun to incorporate into learning opportunities. We have an awesome rainbow slime, rainbow rice sensory bin, and rainbow fizzy pots to check out too! Head to the hardware store for paint chip cards to put together your rainbow scissor skills and color matching activity right away!

Rainbow Scissor Skills and Color Matching Activity

Paint chip cards from the hardware store are awesome and frugal for fine motor skills and a natural pick for rainbow scissor skills! I set up this tray activity very quickly with two strips of each color, a pair of scissors and 4 clothes pins. Simply cut one strip into the four colors and then use the clothes pins to match the shades. .

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The shade matching proved a bit tricky for him. Some were easier than others and I look forward to expanding this type of color activity with more shades! The color possibilities are endless and perfect for color of the week theme, seasonal themes, or holiday themes! This simple rainbow scissor skills activity can be expanded in so many ways for different ages.

Certainly if your child wants to continue cutting the strips, go ahead! Practice makes perfect.

I had hoped he would be a bit more excited about making a collage with the squares. I did not stress any order or that it look like a rainbow,  I just wanted him to create! In the end, we had a great abstract rainbow collage to display!

rainbow collage making

Practicing scissor skills in fun ways, like this rainbow scissor skills activity, is a great way to encourage preschoolers to continue improving!

Using a variety of textures, materials, and outlines help improve coordination, strength, and dexterity!Clothes pins are also a wonderful tool for the preschooler to use when working on fine motor skills. Simple and easy to do at home! I often put together simple trays of fun materials. Click on the photos below to see how we did each of these cutting activities!

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  1. We love using paint chips and clothespins! Fun and colorful idea; I also like that you just let your son create with the rainbow colors, instead of making him do it a certain way. Makes for a more creative art piece : )

  2. I have gotten paint chips before but was never sure how to utilize them. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. I pinned this on my Fine Motor Activities board. Can’t wait to try it with my younger kiddos.

  3. Hi. Stopping over from Montessori Monday. Thanks for posting this fun and colorful project. I was thinking about getting some paint chips just this weekend for an art and color project. You’ve given me some great ideas.

  4. I love the paint chips we just recently started using them for cutting.we have been saving the squares for later use

  5. We are excited to feature your post in our Rainbow Crafts Round-up on Artsy Play Wednesday. Paint chips are the perfect length to practice scissor skills and the beautiful colors add to the fun and learning. I like that you added using a clothes pin to grasp the color squares as a fun fine motor addition to the activity.

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