Update on rainbow craft stick puzzles for preschoolers

I have a quick update to our rainbow craft stick puzzles.

A comment was left by Scott of Brick by Brick to add a “swipe of marker” to the back of each group of craft sticks to help the children separate the groups a little more easily.

I used a dot dabber and put blue, green, and red dots on the backs of each group of craft stick puzzles so the children would be able to put groups of craft sticks together a little easier…

This was definitely more easy for the children to understand. We really didn’t need to add numbers or dots or anything more than a swipe of color on each craft stick…

Besides, for many of the children it was more fun putting together “crazy rainbows” then worrying about putting together real rainbows:)

Part of making an activity successful is to explore different options for how the material is presented to the children or how the material can be be used by the children. But another way (and probably a better way) to make an activity successful is to just let the children do the activity their own way!

Rainbow books available on Amazon…



By |2011-03-15T15:18:12+00:00March 15th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Alona April 26, 2011 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I loved this ‘crazy rainbow’ thing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply


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