This rainbow threading with play dough and pipe cleaners is a sensory experience as well as fine motor skills practice. And, it is so simple to set up!

Start with:

  • Play dough
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Beads
  • Scissors, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Make two balls of equal size out of play dough.

Step 2: If you would like to pre-cut the pipe cleaners, snip so each color after red in the rainbow is a bit shorter. Or, feel free to just bend the pipe cleaner at each end after Step 3 to make them shorter prior to placing in play dough.

Step 3: Have your little one thread the beads of the same color on each of the pipe cleaners.

Step 4: Place each end of the pipe cleaner into the play dough balls to build the rainbow sculpture!

These are so fun to make in a group to see all of the beautiful variations of rainbows!