Rainbow Chain Toddler activity

Color sorting activity
This rainbow chain can be used in a toddler activity to teach colors and color matching in a creative, hands-on approach to teaching toddlers colors. This is an activity that I’ve used over and over again with my own toddlers. Older siblings can make and build the plastic chain links to make a rainbow chain…and younger siblings can sort the colors of the chain links. This is a chain link activity that builds so many skills!
 
Today’s learning with manipulatives activity uses something that I LOVE.  I had these plastic chain links in my therapy bag for years, and used them daily in school based and outpatient occupational therapy treatment.  Now, I get to play with my kids using these plastic rainbow chain links. Today, we used them with my toddler to practice color sorting
 
And, here’s a little preview for you: We went a little crazy with playing with these chain links.  I’ve got a bunch of fun chain link ideas coming your way, soon!
 
Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.
 
 

Rainbow Chain

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Chain links are completely awesome for find motor skills in kids.  Linking the chains together and pulling them apart requires intrinsic muscle strength, bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, and pronation/supination of an extended wrist.  
 
These chain links are tools that can used to work on so many goal areas.  From using two hands together, to a functional pencil grasp, to using spoons and forks with an appropriate write positioning, to holding a zipper with the right wrists angle…these little guys are great skill builders!
 
Linking the chains together requires a bit of muscle oomph, so for preschoolers and school-aged kids, building chains are a great strengthening activity.  
 
Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.

 

Rainbow Chain Link Activity

Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.
 
For this activity, we used our Learning Resources Link n Learn Links.
 
(This set comes in a big bucket of 500, so you’ve got plenty for multiple kids playing at the same time, or different age-appropriate activities happening with the chain links)
 
You’ll also need colored card stock in matching colors.
 
 I cut squares of equal sizes and placed them out on the table. I figured this would be a great activity for older toddlers, but my 19 month old completely surprised my by correctly placing the colored links
on the matching paper squares.  I had a few links in place to show her what to do and she was able to put them on the correct squares.  
 
I even put an incorrect colored link on a different colored square and she was able to fix the mistake.  It was a proud mama moment!
 
Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.
 
Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.
 
 
Looking for more learning activities using rainbow manipulatives?  Stop by our Learning With Manipulatives team to see what they’ve come up with:
AND, be sure to stop by Instagram and check out the #toolsforlearning hashtag to see them all.  Tag your hands-on learning ideas using rainbow manipulatives, too! We would love to see them!
Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Still Playing School 
Size Order Rainbow Bear Cards from Life Over C’s 
Alphabet Formation Compare Bears from Adventures of Adam
Animal Counters Sensory Bin & Color Sort from Raising Little Superheroes 
Color Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Schooltime Snippets 
Rainbow Bears Sensory Bin from Something 2 Offer  
Rainbow Bears Addition Cards from The Kindergarten Connection 
Measuring with Rainbow Bears from Mom Inspired Life 
 
 
 
More fine motor activities you will LOVE:
 
 
 
Colors Handwriting Kit

Rainbow Handwriting Kit– This resource pack includes handwriting sheets, write the room cards, color worksheets, visual motor activities, and so much more. The handwriting kit includes:

  • Write the Room, Color Names: Lowercase Letters
  • Write the Room, Color Names: Uppercase Letters
  • Write the Room, Color Names: Cursive Writing
  • Copy/Draw/Color/Cut Color Worksheets
  • Colors Roll & Write Page
  • Color Names Letter Size Puzzle Pages
  • Flip and Fill A-Z Letter Pages
  • Colors Pre-Writing Lines Pencil Control Mazes
  • This handwriting kit now includes a bonus pack of pencil control worksheets, 1-10 fine motor clip cards, visual discrimination maze for directionality, handwriting sheets, and working memory/direction following sheet! Valued at $5, this bonus kit triples the goal areas you can work on in each therapy session or home program.

Click here to get your copy of the Colors Handwriting Kit.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins Recipe

We are nearing the end of our Cooking With Kids A-Z series!  I can’t believe that my daughter and I have cooked our way through the alphabet for the past year. She loves cooking with me and I love the bonding time, so it’s been a fun year of creating new recipes together.  We’re up to Y for Yogurt and have come up with a Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffin Recipe that my kids are gobbling up.  It’s a breakfast, snack, and lunchbox addition that is filling and moist.  You won’t believe how healthy this muffin recipe is!

Besides the sugar in the yogurt and the natural sugar in milk and applesauce, there is no added sugar. (OK, I take that back.  I totally sprinkled brown sugar on the top of the muffin.  But, your getting such a small amount, and I mean, what is a muffin without crunchy brown sugar??)  BUT, you can leave the brown sugar topping off and just add the oats.
Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!

Healthy Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins


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You’ll need a few ingredients for this recipe:
2 soft bananas, peeled
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour

For the topping, you’ll need:
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!
To make the muffins, mash together the bananas and the Greek yogurt with a fork.  Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl.  Add in the wet ingredients: egg, peanut butter, milk, and apple sauce.  Mix to combine.  
 Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!



In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, rolled oats, baking powder, and ground flaxseed meal
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Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.

Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!
Scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin
.  Combine the rolled oats and dark brown sugar to create a crumbly topping. Sprinkle this on top of the uncooked muffins.  

Place the muffins into the oven and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Immediately take the muffins from the tin and let them cool on a cooking rack
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Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!
Enjoy a healthy banana Greek yogurt muffin with assurance of a healthy snack!
Banana Greek Yogurt Protein Muffins. These are great for lunchboxes,healthy snacks, and a filing breakfast idea, packed with protein and low sugar, these muffins are healthy and delicious!
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You’ll want to stop over and see all of the yogurt recipes that the Cooking With Kids team have come up with this week:
Cinnamon Roll Bread | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Smoothie Popsicles | Still Playing School

Looking for more recipes to make with your kids in the kitchen?  Try these:
Vegetable Quesadilla Recipe   Honey Nut Popcorn  Antipasto Skewers
M is for MushroomsVeggie Quesadilla Recipe | N is for NutsHoney Roasted Nuts Popcorn | O is for OlivesAntipasto Skewer Kabobs | P is for Peppers: Asian Chicken