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4 Engaging CVI-friendly Rainbow Activities

May 24, 2021 No Comments

4 Engaging CVI-friendly Rainbow Activities

The text "CVI-friendly Rainbow Activities" is written at the top. Below it are three pictures from the blog post: three wooden rainbow pieces in a sensory bin with black gift filler paper, the cover and sample page of "The Rainbow" adapted books, and a rainbow craft made from cotton balls, and beads.

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.

Adapted Books

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.

The image shows the cover of "The Rainbow" adapted book and a sample page. The sample page has the text "Add yellow" with a rainbow that needs the color yellow. To the right of the page is the yellow rainbow interactive piece.


Sensory Bin

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.

The text at the top of the image says "sensory bin." There are two images below. The image on the left shows the red, green, and purple pieces of the rainbow in a bin with black gift-filler paper. The image on the right shows the full wooden rainbow toy.

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.

The text at the top of the image says "Light Table Activity." The image shows 6 paddles laying on the light table. From left to right, the colors of the translucent paddles are: red, purple, yellow, green, orange and blue.



For a simple, CVI-friendly craft, it is fun to use different textured materials to make a rainbow. To create this craft:

  1. Print out a simple cloud template from Google on white paper.
  2. Cut out the template and glue it on the light blue felt/cardstock.
  3. Students will then select pieces of precut beads and glue them onto the felt/cardstock to create their rainbow.
  4. Last, students will glue cotton balls onto the cloud template.

A rainbow craft is shown. A cloud is made from cotton balls. Next to the cotton balls is a rainbow made from multi-colored beads. The rainbow is on blue felt. The words "Rainbow Craft" are written at the top.


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!

The text "Fidget" is written above the picture. The image shows two pop bubble fidget toys that are both rainbow in color. The bottom left one is square and the upper right one is circular.

Interested in other activities for students with cortical visual impairment? Check out these blog posts!

4 Engaging CVI-friendly Spring Activities 

Five Spring Craft Ideas for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment


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