This post is about a matching rainbow learning activity I did with my son, Charlie, but it’s also about working with special needs kids in general and how sometimes you might have to look at something differently to get the desired result. I wanted to share this activity with you all because it involved some problem solving, but in the end, it was completely worth it. Working and teaching a special needs child can have its challenges, but when you get it right, you’re on top of the world.
For this matching rainbow activity we used:
- A piece of poster board or card stock
- colored dot stickers (Available on the stationery aisle almost anywhere)
For this activity, I wanted to do something with a rainbow and colors. After spotting some “dot stickers” on the stationery aisle, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I drew a rainbow with a black marker on half a sheet of poster board. I then used those markers to color it myself–my son hates markers. Did spend a lot of time on it–just enough to make it very clear where each color should be.
We then took out the stickers and began places the stickers in the matching section of the rainbow.
We started off guiding Charlie through the motions, waiting for him to start initiating some himself, but we weren’t getting a whole lot out of him. Then my husband remembered that Charlie has gotten very interested in other people’s hands. He likes to touch them, move them around, etc. So we switched things up. My husband held the sticker and asked Charlie where he should put it. Charlie immediately grabbed my husband’s hand and moved it to the correct place.
He did this nine times in a row–until it was clear to both of us that he had no trouble understanding matching. We were so excited to see that he not only understood the matching rainbow activity but that he was pretty good at it too!
Working with a special needs child sometimes forces you to think outside of your comfort zone–consider different ways. Would it be great if my son could do this activity with no help from his parents? Of course, but in the mean time I want to keep stimulating his brain until his body catches up.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Katy is a mom of one who loves art, mystery novels, and anything involving peanut butter”“she blogs about raising her little miracle at Bird on the Street. Want more great ideas for preschool activities? Check out our Build Preschool Thematic Curriculum Units!
What a cute idea, and how gratifying it must have been to see Charlie enjoying it!
Definitely will adapt this idea for my special needs little one. perfect! She’s nearly 3 and still has no idea about sorting colors and has trouble matching. We have a few games we repeatedly play (she has no interest or understanding yet) but this we will add. Maybe just 2 colors though, opposites, if your special needs kido is in need of an easier version. love it.
Touching post. My kids are not special needs, but I love that feeling when you get a new concept across! Totally rewarding for the parent, and I’m sure that Charlie is proud of himself too!
Great point, it’s wonderful to see any child grasp a new concept. And wow, Katy, is Charlie a cutie or what???? Love those curls. :<}