Pre-writing in Rainbow

by Koo Yi Jie


Draw pictures, create patterns and practise writing with this simple homemade Rainbow Salt Tray. It is a great activity for children of all ages.

Skill Level: Easy

Suitable For: 3-4 years old

Estimated Time: 15 - 30 mins

Environment Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Fine-motor skills, gripping, hand eye coordination, sequential direction, arm muscles control, wrist control

  • Intellectual - Spatial awareness, cause and effect, pre-writing skills, creativity, pre-academic vocabulary development, articulation and phonological awareness

  • Emotional - Engagement, appreciation, increased social emotional competence, fun

  • Social - Engage in receptive language to invite others to admire their work, share feelings and experiences, engage others


Step 1

Cut the coloured papers into strips to fit by pacing them according to the colours of the rainbow.

Step 3

Cover the lid lightly with salt.

  • A box with a depth of about 2-4 inches (e.g. shoe box lid)

  • Colored papers

  • 100g of cooking salt

  • Sticky tapes

  • Paintbrushes

Step 2

Tape the strips of paper together according to the colours of the rainbow and glue it onto the shoebox lid.

Step 4

Get your child to write letters, numbers, or shapes on the sand and watch as the rainbow colours get exposed!

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