Fine Motor Skills, Color Recognition
Color Matching Game - Cotton Swab Rainbow - 7 Days of Play

Color Matching Game – Cotton Swab Rainbow

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This color matching game using cotton swabs is a fun way to learn colors while strengthening fine motor skills. It’s a budget-friendly way to make your own puzzle using an old box and cotton swabs. You can draw your own patterns, or grab our free printables to tape on top! Read on below to get it!

A Color Matching Game You Can Make!

The best part about this simple craft is that it’s so easy to do. Our printable comes with 4 different images, all of which showcase each color in the rainbow! Setting it up is a fast way to have the kids working on something beautiful, creative, and fun. They’ll really enjoy the process and won’t even realize that they’re working on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination at the same time!

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How to Make This Color Matching Game

In this video you’ll see how easy this game is to create! Grabbing our free printable images will make the set-up process even quicker! This makes it super simple to print out and have the kids start working on their color matching skills right away! 

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How to Make This Color Matching Game

In this video you’ll see how easy this game is to create! Grabbing our free printable images will make the set-up process even quicker! This makes it super simple to print out and have the kids start working on their color matching skills right away! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Free Printable Sheets for Cotton Swab Puzzle Making!

Our free printable pages come with 4 different ways to explore the colors in the rainbow! It includes a peacock, chameleon, bouquet of flowers, and of course, a rainbow!

We used an old cardboard box, but you could also use some styrofoam if you have some leftover from packaging! There are a few ways you can color the cotton swabs – I made things easy and quick-drying with a non toxic marker. You could also dip them in paint or watercolor and allow them to dry.

Also, make sure to grab a screw driver because it is a great tool for making small holes!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On an old box or piece of styrofoam, tape one of our free printable images. You can also draw something else of your choice!

Step 2

Use a screw driver to poke holes.

Step 3

Color the tips of the cotton swabs with various colors, and cut in half.

Step 4

The game is ready to start matching up the colors!

Step 1

On an old box or piece of styrofoam, tape one of our free printable images. You can also draw something else of your choice!

Step 2

Use a screw driver to poke holes.

Step 3

Color the tips of the cotton swabs with various colors, and cut in half.

Step 4

The game is ready to start matching up the colors!

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More Ways to Explore Colors!

If your kiddo asking questions like – red and white make what color? You can’t miss our printable Hands on Color Mixing Activities. This printable set has 5 unique activities for exploring color mixing!

Enjoy coloring and distinguishing each of the colors in the rainbow! Then, learn all about what happens when primary colors mix to form secondary colors. Next, learn about shades (making colors darker) and tints (making colors lighter). And finally, go over all those concepts in a final round up review!

Plus, don’t miss our fun Dot the Rainbow activity for toddlers! 

 

The Educational Benefits of This Cotton Swab Rainbow

One of the most significant benefits of this cotton swab craft is that it’s an easy way to help kids learn and be able to match colors. This is geared toward early learners but older kids will enjoy it as well. My four year old had a blast putting all the pieces together!

It’s also a great way to strengthen hand muscles and fine motor skills. Fine motor skill development is critical for your kids! Through this activity, as kids pick up the cotton swabs and put them in the colored areas, they are exercising hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and strengthening finger and hand muscles. 

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 Fine motor skills is a skill we often incorporate into activities. Here is our full list of fun ways to strengthen find motor skills!

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The Educational Benefits of This Cotton Swab Rainbow

One of the most significant benefits of this cotton swab craft is that it’s an easy way to help kids learn and be able to match colors. This is geared toward early learners but older kids will enjoy it as well. My four year old had a blast putting all the pieces together!

It’s also a great way to strengthen hand muscles and fine motor skills. Fine motor skill development is critical for your kids! Through this activity, as kids pick up the cotton swabs and put them in the colored areas, they are exercising hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and strengthening finger and hand muscles. Fine motor skills is a skill we often incorporate into activities. Here is our full list of fun ways to strengthen find motor skills!

More Ways to Match Colors

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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