Rainbow Drawing Slide Deck

rainbow drawing

This rainbow art drawing help kids with visual motor skills of copying images and figures. When kids demonstrate the ability to copy shapes and forms, they are building the skills needed for copying words, letters, and sentences. This rainbow slide deck is a teletherapy activity that helps with visual motor skills needed for handwriting. Add this free Google slide deck to your occupational therapy teletherapy services (or home programs) and start building skills in visual motor integration.

Rainbow Drawing Art

If you take a scroll on YouTube, you’ll find a lot of directed drawing videos that walk kids through “how to draw a rainbow”… or how to draw hundreds of other images, cartoons, and drawing art ideas.

But, one thing that I have been looking for is simple forms that help kids with visual motor skills like copying simple and complex shapes…that are FUN and motivating.

Here’s the thing: when kids copy shapes, they are developing so many visual motor integration skills that translated to forming letters and numbers, copying sentences, and the eye-hand coordination needed to move a pencil in the way it needs to move so that letters and numbers are placed on lines. It’s all connected!

Copying simple lines and shapes are part of pre-writing skills. By the way, be sure to grab this rainbow pre-writing lines Google slide deck. It’s a freebie that you’ll want for your younger or lower level kiddos.

AND, when kids progress to copying more complex shapes, drawings, and forms, they are developing stronger skills in moving the pencil accuracy, spatial awareness, line awareness, and position in space. All of these skill sets are so necessary for handwriting.

Rainbow visual motor skills slide deck

Draw a Rainbow Activity

Kids can copy the different basic rainbow forms and develop these skills using our free rainbow drawing slide deck.

Copy a rainbow visual motor activity

Each slide includes simple or more complex rainbow drawings that challenge kids to copy forms, making this a fun Spring activity that helps to build visual motor skills.

Draw a rainbow activity for kids

You can ask kids to copy the rainbows onto paper in different ways to extend this activity:

  • Ask kids to copy the shape in a specific space.
  • Ask kids to fold their paper into columns and rows. They can copy a rainbow form into each space on the paper.
  • Ask the child to copy the rainbow in a very large size on a dry erase board or large chalk board to use whole body movements and crossing midline. Air writing is another option.
  • Copy the forms with different sensory materials: chalk, water colors, paint, rainbow writing, writing on sandpaper, etc.
  • Copy the rainbow form from memory.
  • Copy the forms in a very small size.
  • Copy the forms into a sensory writing tray. Here are ideas for sensory writing trays.

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    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.

    Emotion Matching Game Slide Deck

    emotion matching game

    Today, I’ve got a fun emotion matching game that you can use in teletherapy sessions to teach emotions and feelings. This social emotional learning activity is an online game that kids will love to use in virtual therapy while working on things like identifying facial expressions as well as the visual perceptual skills like visual discrimination, visual scanning, and form constancy.

    Emotion Matching Game for helping kids identify emotions in a spot it game for occupational therapy teletherapy interventions.

    Emotion Matching Game

    If working on emotions in a spot it game is helpful in your occupational therapy interentions, this emotions matching game will do the trick.

    Emotion game to teach facial expressions and emotions to kids

    Kids can work through the slides and first, identify emotions based on facial expressions of the stars on each rainbow star.

    There is a text box under each facial expression where users can type the name of the facial expression.

    Next, kids can work through each slide to identify the matching emotions. There are only two facial expressions that match on each slide and kids can move the clouds over to cover the matching emotions.

    This slide deck covers a variety of skill areas:

    • Visual scanning
    • Visual form constancy
    • Visual discrimination
    • Visual attention
    • Visual memory
    • Social emotional learning
    • Identifying emotions
    • Eye hand coordination
    • Typing skills
    • Computer mouse skills

    Identifying and expressing emotions through play is an important part of social emotional development. This game offers an oppourtunity to work on these skills in virtual therapy sessions.

    For more ways to work on emotion matching, try these activities and resource pages:

    Want to add this emotion matching game to your therapy toolbox?

    Enter your email address into the form below and you’ll receive this Google slide deck game.

    Google Slide Deck TIPS:

    1. Save the PDF file that you receive once you enter your email below, because you can come back to it again and again and send it to the kids on your caseload (or classroom) so they can make their own copy on their Google drive.
    2. You will be prompted to make a copy of the slide deck. Before clicking that, be sure that you are logged into your Google account.
    3. Make a copy for each student’s Google Drive. When you share it, make sure you enable edit capabilities for users.
    4. The pieces will be moveable in “edit” mode. If you click “present”, the movable ice cubes won’t work.
    5. Be sure to make a copy of this slide deck and not change the url to indicate “edit” at the end. When you make a copy of the slide deck onto your Google drive, you will end up with your own version that you are free to adjust in order to meet your student’s needs. By changing the url to “edit”, you can potentially mess up the original version that many other therapists and The OT Toolbox users are given.
    6. To easily start a new game- Once you’ve gone through all of the slides, go to “history” on the top of the Google dashboard. You will be able to revert the slide to it’s original state using the history option, so all of the ice cubes go back to their original place. The history option is located on the top dashboard by clicking the link that says, “last edit was…”. When you click on that, you will see a list of edits made on the right side of your screen. Click on the edit titled, “New Game (Revert slides to their original state)”. This should move all of the movable ice cubes back to their original location on the slide deck. The typed in emotions on the text boxes will disappear as well. Note that you can delete edits from that list, so if several students are using the slides, you can keep the organization simple and delete edit versions that you no longer need.

    Emotion Matching Game Slide Deck!

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      MORE Emotions Games and Activities

      Want to help kids explore social and emotional learning through play? Exploring Books Through Play inspires social and emotional development though play based on children’s books. The specifically chosen books explore concepts such as differences, acceptance, empathy, and friendship.

      Exploring Books Through Play: 50 Activities Based on Books About Friendship, Acceptance and Empathy is filled with hands-on activities rooted in interactive, hands-on, sensory play that focus on creating a well-rounded early childhood education supporting growth in literacy, mathematics, science, emotional and social development, artistic expression, sensory exploration, gross motor development and fine motor skills. Kids can explore books while building specific skills in therapy sessions, as part of home programs, or in the home.

      Click here to explore acceptance, empathy, and friendship through play.

      PreWriting Lines Activity Rainbow Slide Deck

      prewriting lines activity rainbow slide deck

      This rainbow therapy slide deck activity is a prewriting lines activity that can help kids with the visual motor skills needed for writing letters, numbers, and in all aspect of handwriting. Prewriting skills are those very important developmental skills needed before kids can actually write letters or numbers. Pre-writing lines activities are an often-times skipped step of handwriting. That’s why I wanted to create a rainbow drawing art activity that can be used in teletherapy (or face-to-face sessions) that works on this important skill.

      You’ll also love these free rainbow therapy slide decks: Rainbow drawing art activity and the rainbow emotions slide decks. Add both to your occupational therapy interventions.

      Prewriting lines therapy slide deck for teletherapy and air writing prewriting forms.

      Prewriting lines

      As we discussed in this blog post on a past pre-writing lines activity, working on pre-writing lines prior to practicing letter formation is an important step for preschool-aged kids, and actually helps to develop a strong basis for proper letter formation.  

      Establishing pre-writing lines allow kids to strengthen visual motor skills, hand muscles, promote pencil strokes needed for letters, and improve pencil control. 

      We’ve also previously talked about the progression of pre-writing lines. Prewriting lines development is as follows:

      What Are Pre-Writing Skills?

      In short, pre-writing skills are the lines and strokes kids need to master and know BEFORE learning how to print the alphabet. Each of these lines is developed in a sequence, based on how old the child is. We’ve covered developmental progression of pre-writing lines previously.

      This developmental sequence of prewriting lines is as follows:

      • Age 1-2: Spontaneous scribbles
      • Age 2-3: Imitates a vertical line, horizontal line, circle
      • Age 3-4: Imitates a cross shape, and diagonal lines, a crude square
      • Age 4-5: Imitates an X, triangle, square

      This is a very basic description of ages and developmental progression of line development and pre-writing skills.

      As always with child development, each child will progress through this developmental sequence somewhat differently and at different speeds. Some children may draw a square with refined pencil strokes and sharp corners or controlled curves before another child. Other children may form perfectly slanted diagonal lines while others at the same age may make bumpy or curved diagonals.

      Still another concern that should be addressed: Older kids may have been introduced to handwriting before they have mastered prewriting lines and then you see the breakdown in letter formation, reversals, inaccuracies with curves, diagonals, line placement, etc. In this case, it is ok to go back and work on these forms in multi-sensory learning strategies. Use sensory bins, rainbow writing, drawing on sandpaper, finger-paint, drawing in shaving cream, etc. to work on accurate copying and forming of these line forms.

      This developmental progression of pre-writing lines should be taken as a general outline.

      In short, we want to see each of these line formations develop before a child is asked to copy or trace letters.

      There are many hands-on activities that help to work on these skills.

      Pre-writing virtual activity

      So how do you work on pre-writing skills in a virtual occupational therapy environment? There are many ways!

      Copying pre-writing forms can be achieved in teletherapy through creative thinking, use of the camera, and items the child has in the home. To get started on thinking outside the box, check out our free teletherapy with kids mini-course, where you will find loads of information on all things teletherapy, including for those who are at the pre-writing stage in their in their writing and visual motor skills.

      prewriting lines teletherapy activities

      Rainbow prewriting lines activity

      You can use the slide deck presented here to work on prewriting lines with children, as another virtual therapy activity.

      In the free Google slide deck, kids can complete several activities to work on copying pre-writing lines, and they all have a rainbow theme.

      prewriting lines rainbow activity for kids

      Kids can first copy the prewriting lines with air writing as they point to the lines. Then, they can use whole body movements to air write the forms. This incorporates motor planning, crossing midline, and visual tracking.

      In the rainbow therapy slide deck, you’ll find all of the pre-writing lines, including slides for strait vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, a cross, curves, wiggly lines, arches, a square, a triangle, and more.

      teach prewriting lines to kids with a rainbow theme

      Finally, children can draw the prewriting forms onto paper.

      Want to add this prewriting lines therapy slide deck to your teletherapy toolbox?

      Enter your email into the form below and you’ll get access to thsi free Google slide deck.

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        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.