This Fruit Loops rainbow craft is cute and fun for preschoolers to practice color matching. Simply color match the Fruit Loops to the Rainbow.
I was itching for a spring activity, something that would work on color matching, too. Then I thought about creating a Fruit Loops rainbow craft – using Fruity Cheerios cereal!
But Henry was having one of “those” days – where everything is too much or not enough.
Everything was “Nooooo….” or “Not now….” or “I’m busy.” As he lays around my house also telling me he’s “bored.”
Do you ever have those days with your kids?
Until I mentioned rainbows…
Rainbows are a great medium for kids to practice their colors.
Prep to Make the Fruit Loops Rainbow Craft
To make your own color matching Fruit Loops rainbow craft, you’ll need:
- colorful cereal, like fruity Cheerios
- construction paper
- cotton balls
So I pulled out some fruity colored Cheerios (affiliate link) and drew a rainbow with markers. There’s only 5 colors of the cereal, so I stuck with those colors.
Ideally, a rainbow craft for preschoolers would include all 7 of the colors of the rainbow: ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet), but we can’t always win and sometimes we have to use what we have.
I used a large plate to start my rainbow. I traced around it to make a semi-circle with a red marker. Then spaced the other lines out the size of a Fruit Loop (I eyeballed these semi-circles for the rainbow).
Here is a link to a few options for a rainbow template for you to use from What Mommy Does. The Extra Large Rainbow Template looks like it will fit on a single sheet of paper and should be about just the right size spacing for Fruit Loops of each color!
This was definitely a collaborative effort.
Work on Color Matching with a Fun Spring Craft
For one, because of the prior mentioned aversion to my suggestions. And two because the glue tended to dry too fast for Henry to get the Fruit Loops on.
Henry matched up the colors of the Fruit Loops to the outline of the Rainbow. I glued little by little as we went along.
Henry, not quite yet a preschooler, did the entire rainbow craft himself with the occasional push from me to keep going.
You could also go on a toy rainbow hunt to get the kids moving!
Once he got going though, he really enjoyed it.
Henry popped some of the occasional double Cheerios that were stuck together into his mouth, along with some broken ones. He was very good about not eating the “good” ones, surprisingly.
After the Rainbow was complete, we added some clouds by tearing up cotton balls and gluing them on each end of the rainbow. To keep this in the theme of the edible crafting materials, you could use mini marshmallows instead of the cotton balls.
But whatever you got on hand works!
I cannot tell you how proud Henry is of his rainbow.
This rainbow will be staying up in the house long past St. Patrick’s Day.
If your preschooler loves to do crafts, this craft and over 70 beautiful crafts are in our easy to use eBook MAKE: Creative Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers to Make. These crafts are perfect for 2-5 year olds!
What is your favorite rainbow craft for preschool?
Here are a few more colorful rainbow activities for preschoolers!