4 Engaging CVI-friendly Rainbow Activities
Rainbow-themed activities are perfect for centers in the spring and summer, as well as weather units. In this blog post, I share five CVI-friendly rainbow activities. Since these activities are interactive, high contrast, and involve minimal distractions, these rainbow-themed activities can be beneficial for a variety of students.
My Build a Rainbow Adapted books are simple books that target one-step directions and colors. These books require students to identify the named color to add to the rainbow. If students need an errorless book, provide them with a field of one color. For students that need a larger field of choices, multiple colors can be provided for students to choose from. Lastly, two versions of the text are included with this resource. Bubbled words and yellow text are the text options available. You can find my CVI Series: Build a Rainbow Adapted Books here.
In case you haven’t read some of my previous blog posts, there are a variety of sensory bins that you can create for your students with cortical visual impairment. For a rainbow-themed sensory bin, I recommend getting this Wooden Rainbow Stacking Game (non-affiliate link) or something similar. To create this sensory bin, place the wooden rainbow pieces in the medium-sized plastic bin with black gift bag filler, as pictured above. Students will explore colors while finding the rainbow pieces in the sensory bin. If you don’t have black gift bag filler, you can use black pom poms, black shredded paper, black beans, or any other black sensory bin filler to help provide contrast with the rainbow pieces.
Light Table Activities
To keep with our rainbow theme, students can explore some of the colors of a rainbow using these Color Paddles from Learning Resources. (non-affiliate link included). Students can explore one color at a time, or they can stack the paddles to create different colors. In addition, students can engage with other colorful translucent materials simultaneously, such as letters or numbers. With these translucent materials, students can also complete sorting activities.
For a simple, CVI-friendly craft, it is fun to use different textured materials to make a rainbow. To create this craft:
- Print out a simple cloud template from Google on white paper.
- Cut out the template and glue it on the light blue felt/cardstock.
- Students will then select pieces of precut beads and glue them onto the felt/cardstock to create their rainbow.
- Last, students will glue cotton balls onto the cloud template.
Bonus CVI-friendly Rainbow Activity: Fidget
As a bonus activity/material, I am sharing this Rainbow Pop Bubble fidget. You can find the non-affiliate link to this fidget here. This fidget is perfect for identifying or tacting colors while working on finger isolation! It can also just be used as a fidget for students with and without cortical visual impairment throughout the day!
Interested in other activities for students with cortical visual impairment? Check out these blog posts!