Sugar Aunts: Rainbow Chain Link Toddler Color Matching

Rainbow Chain Link Toddler Color Matching

I've got exciting news! I'm joining a team of bloggers in a (mostly) weekly blog post about learning with manipulatives.  As an Occupational Therapist, there is really no better way to learn while developing fine motor skills than with items that can be manipulated with the hands.  Kids learn through play and this series is sure to be a fun one as we share creative ways to work on fine motor skills while learning!

Today's learning with manipulatives activity uses something that I LOVE.  I had these plastic chain links in my therapy bag for years, and used them daily in school based and outpatient occupational therapy treatment.  Now, I get to play with my kids using these plastic rainbow chain links. Today, we used them with my toddler to practice color sorting

And, here's a little preview for you: We went a little crazy with playing with these chain links.  I've got a bunch of fun chain link ideas coming your way, soon!

Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.


Rainbow Chain Link Manipulatives for Fine Motor Skills and Occupational Therapy

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Chain links are completely awesome for find motor skills in kids.  Linking the chains together and pulling them apart requires intrinsic muscle strength, bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, and pronation/supination of an extended wrist.  These chain links) are tools that can used to work on so many goal areas.  From using two hands together, to a functional pencil grasp, to using spoons and forks with an appropriate write positioning, to holding a zipper with the right wrists angle...these little guys are great skill builders!

Linking the chains together requires a bit of muscle oomph, so for preschoolers and school-aged kids, building chains are a great strengthening activity.  

Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.

Toddler Color Matching Activity Using Plastic Chain Links


Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.

For this activity, we used our Learning Resources Link n Learn Links  (This set comes in a big bucket of 500, so you've got plenty for multiple kids playing at the same time, or different age-appropriate activities happening with the chain links.) and colored card stock in matching colors.  I cut squares of equal sizes and placed them out on the table. I figured this would be a great activity for older toddlers, but my 19 month old completely surprised my by correctly placing the colored links on the matching paper squares.  I had a few links in place to show her what to do and she was able to put them on the correct squares.  

I even put an incorrect colored link on a different colored square and she was able to fix the mistake.  It was a proud mama moment!

Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.

Color sorting activity for toddlers using rainbow plastic chain links for learning and fine motor skills. This is an Occupational Therapists recommended tool for so many skills: bilateral hand coordination, tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength, open thumb web space, extended wrist, and so many more.

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Looking for more learning activities using rainbow manipulatives?  Stop by our Learning With Manipulatives team to see what they've come up with:
AND, be sure to stop by Instagram and check out the #toolsforlearning hashtag to see them all.  Tag your hands-on learning ideas using rainbow manipulatives, too! We would love to see them!
Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Still Playing School 
Rainbow Bears Preschool Letter Cards from Learning 2 Walk 
Size Order Rainbow Bear Cards from Life Over C's 
Color and Size Sorting with Rainbow Counters from Line Upon Line Learning Alphabet Formation Compare Bears from Adventures of Adam 
Animal Counters Sensory Bin & Color Sort from Raising Little Superheroes 
Color Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Schooltime Snippets 
Rainbow Bears Sensory Bin from Something 2 Offer 
Rainbow Bears Addition Cards from The Kindergarten Connection 
Measuring with Rainbow Bears from Mom Inspired Life 

Don't forget to use #toolsforlearning on Instagram to share your Rainbow Bear & Counter learning activities!!

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17 comments :

  1. Great activity for little hands! We have colorful shape links we picked up from dollar store that we could use!

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  2. What a great activity-we love our links-they're so versatile!

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  3. We are a huge fan of links so was really interested to read about them from an OT point of view.

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  4. Excellent activity! I need those links in my life! :)

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