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As the weather starts warming up and spring starts moving in, bright and colorful rainbows start making an appearance in the skies above us.
And as we start preparing for spring, we start looking for ways to incorporate those beautiful rainbows into our preschool learning and these printable rainbow number puzzles are the perfect way to do that!
They are such a fun way to work on colors, numbers, counting, and more and they make not only a fantastic quiet time activity, but an excellent addition to your math center as well!
Printable Rainbow Number Puzzles
Whether you’re just starting to introduce your toddlers or preschoolers to numbers and counting or you’ve been working on them for a while, these rainbow number puzzles are perfect for kiddos of all ages and are a great way to work on those early math skills like counting, number recognition, and more!
And prepping these spring number puzzles is about as easy as it gets!
Just print them off, cut them in half, and laminate!
You can print them on cardstock to make them a little more durable if you’d like, but we’ve found that laminating them works just fine on its own.
Your students will, of course, get to work on their number recognition skills for numbers one through ten as they identify the numerals and piece these puzzles back together, but they’ll also get the chance to work on their counting skills as well!
They’ll need to count the raindrops on each number puzzle and match the number of raindrops with the correct numeral to correctly pair the puzzle pieces.
Other Ways to Play
These may be printable rainbow number puzzles, but they are actually pretty versatile and can be used for a number of different activities or spring stations around your classroom.
Make a Memory Matching Game
Lay the pieces out on a table and flip them over.
Have your students practice taking turns making matches, just like they would with any other memory game.
This will not only give your students the opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination, but their fine motor skills will get a nice workout as well!
Work on Number Order
Knowing the order that numbers go in is another incredibly important early math skill that young children need to master and these rainbow number puzzles can easily help your kids practice this skill!
As your students match up the pieces and complete the puzzles, have them line up the completed puzzles in the correct number order as they go.
Practice One-to-One Correspondence
Grab a few mini erasers, Snap Cubes, or make some of your own manipulatives and have your students work to count out the same number as their puzzle pieces.
This can easily be a partner work activity by simply giving each child a piece of the puzzle and having them count out the manipulatives to match. Then, have them check their work by comparing with the child that has the other piece of their puzzle.
More Fun Rainbow Themed Ideas!
- Rainbow Alphabet Puzzles
- Rainbow Number Mats
- Rainbow Books for Preschoolers
- Stained Glass Rainbow Craft
- DIY Rainbow Rice