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Pipe Cleaner Rainbow

We made a pipe cleaner rainbow as our fine motor activity for this week's Fine Motor Friday! We've been making rainbows all week! Be sure to check back for more! This rainbow was the perfect work to practice my preschooler's pincer grasp.

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All you need for this fine motor activity is floral foam (we got ours at The Dollar Tree), rainbow pipe cleaners (ours are Craft Project Ideas Fuzzy Sticks), and cotton balls.  

E selected a pipe cleaner of each color of the rainbow, removed it from the bag, and put them in order. Color recognition, rainbow order, and bonus fine motor work by simply letting her get the materials out on her own!

The pipe cleaners can be pushed directly into the foam.  E had to aim, hold the foam, push the pipe cleaners in firmly, then wrap the other side over to make the arc.  

She named the colors as she worked: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet!  "We don't need indigo, right, Momma?"  

She concentrated very much and completed this part independently.  It really held her attention!

Once the rainbow was complete we added cotton ball clouds.  E wanted to glue them on but they stick to the foam's rough surface naturally!  

With no adhesive the materials can be reused for a whole classroom of students.  You can rebuild the rainbow again and again!  Just trim off the parts of the foam that are getting worn down with a serrated knife.   

What a wonderful fine motor activity that can be revisited for review often!  It's irresistible!

This post is a part of Fine Motor Fridays!  Read these activities from my lovely co-hosts:
Feeding the Monster from Powerful Mothering

Magic Leprechaun Spray Fine Motor Play from Little Bins for Little Hands

Using A Knife from P is for Preschooler

Excavating Playdough Dinosaur Eggs from School Time Snippets

Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board


  1. E is so freaking cute!! Great idea too!!

  2. Love rainbow crafts & activities! Super cute-- the rainbow and your little sweetie : )

  3. This is adorable! What a great idea! Pinning and sharing with our Facebook followers! :)

  4. This is such a fantastic idea! We set it up at preschool this week, and I was so pleasantly surprised at the other creations that the students made. Brilliant! I blogged about it here:

    As an aside, I spent a few hours last night reading the stories in your Trisomy 13 series. Thank you for sharing them so that we can remember and celebrate these beautiful children and their amazing parents.

    Play to Learn Preschool

    1. I just loved your kids' sculptures, Jamie, and your blog! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet words about Violet and the other Trisomy 13 babies!

  5. Hi, I absolutely love how you have recreated this idea with the foam. It is very similar to a post I wrote but we used play dough for the pipe cleaners. I only just discovered your blog today and look forward to taking a look around at all your amazing ideas.


    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for your sweet comments! I'll have to take a look at your version as well and check out your blog! I love finding new blogs to follow!