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Build a Rainbow STEM Activity

Rainbows are a classic spring theme.  Using beads, challenge your young kiddos in this rainbow STEM activity by having them build a rainbow.  This activity works on fine motor skills, patterning, and weaves in math and engineering skills.

Rainbow STEM Activity

We are in the midst of some serious cold weather lately and it has made me want to add some colorful activities onto our shelves, so I put together a few rainbow themed activities for Little Sis to do while I work with Big Brother on his school stuff.  

One of our rainbow activities is perfect to share with you as part of the on-going Fine Motor Fridays Series-- our Pony Bead Rainbow Pattern Activity.

Rainbow STEM Activity

To set up this activity, you'll need:

  • 11 wooden sticks {ours are courtesy of}
  • Pony Beads 
*11 red
*9 orange
* 7 yellow
*5 green
*3 blue
*1 purple

Rainbow Activity for Kids

build a rainbow activity

Once I had the supplies gathered, I drew out the rainbow pattern on a piece of paper so that Little Sis could build her rainbow independently.   See the picture above for how I drew out the rainbow.

Simply present the activity to your child and it is pretty self-explanatory.  

Just follow the pattern drawn out on the card for each stick, and watch the pony bead rainbow appear!

fine motor skills rainbow activity

 As you can see, this Pony Bead Rainbow Activity also doubles as an exercise in counting, too:

Fine Motor Skills





Critical Thinking


So many skills in this low-prep rainbow activity!

Alternatively, you could present the materials to your child and see if he/she can figure out a way to build a rainbow; a great activity to boost those critical thinking skills! 

Rainbow Patterns Fine Motor Activity

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