Visual Motor Letter Rainbow | The OT Toolbox

Visual Motor Letter Rainbow

This rainbow activity is perfect for this time of year or any day!  Kids can work on so many skills with this simple visual motor rainbow.  We worked on matching printed lower case letters to cursive letters but you could do this one with upper and lower case letter match-ups or just matching upper case to upper case.  Some of the underlying skills that is necessary for kids to write legibly are visual motor integration and crossing midline.  This visual motor integration letter rainbow works on those skills with a colorful result.

We also used our rainbow of hues to work on the visual motor skills needed for pencil control.  This activity also addresses the ability to coordinate visual input to the motor movements of the hands. Kids can work on their fine motor development with the simple rainbow activity described below.


Kids can work on the skills needed for handwriting with this visual motor letter rainbow.

Visual Motor Letter Rainbow

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This rainbow activity can be performed in several ways.  Children can work on a large scale and address bilateral coordination and midline crossing with a large piece of easel paper or butcher paper taped to a wall.  Another option is to set this rainbow activity up at a dry erase board or chalk board.


You'll need just a few materials for the visual motor letter rainbow:

Colored markers-We used Mr. Sketch scented markers.
Dry erase markers if working on a large dry erase board.  You'll need a rainbow of colors.
Rainbow colored chalk if working on a chalkboard.

You could also use crayons, finger paints, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, or water colors.

Next, draw two vertical lines on opposite sides of the paper, or about 2-3 feet apart.  Along the left vertical line, form letters.  On the opposite line, form either matching letters in upper case/lower case/cursive.


Work on skills needed for handwriting with a visual motor letter rainbow activity

Visual Motor Skills Rainbow

To perform this visual motor letter rainbow, ask the child to start on the left side and draw an arching line to connect to the matching letter on the right side of the paper.  Working on a large scale to perform this activity promotes crossing of the midline as well as visual motor skills.

Ask the student to start at the left line and stop at the right line when drawing their rainbow lines. When the child is making the arches, they should not start or go over the vertical lines by more than 1/4 inch.  Ask them to connect the matching letters with matching colored markers. 

Grade this activity by asking the child to start and end at the vertical lines without crossing over the lines.  This is an excellent way to address pencil control and visual motor skills.

Vary the activity by completing the rainbow in a standing or seated position.  Be sure to watch for the child to compensate for midline crossing by shifting weight, rotation of the body, pivoting of the trunk, or movement of the legs.  The child should remain facing forward without any of these motions noted.

Kids can also complete this activity with diagonals of with strait lines to connect the letters.  Address visual motor skills with the letter rainbow on a small scale as a table-top activity.  Draw the lines on a smaller scale and ask kids to connect letters while touching but not going over the vertical lines with the colored markers.

Use rainbow colors to work on the skills needed for handwriting with a visual motor letter rainbow activity.

This activity goes along well with the Virtual Book Club for kids book of the week, A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.  Find more A Rainbow of My Own ideas by checking out these posts from other bloggers participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids.

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