My girls have both been fascinated by rainbows from a young age, and that fascination has lead to rainbows being a subject of many of their artworks, especially their drawings and paintings. I believe for children the allure of rainbows lies in their mystery, after all the appearance of a rainbow in the sky is more than a little bit magical (even for adults), and in the gorgeous array of colours. And today’s collection of art making projects for children certainly celebrates the all the colours of the rainbow, while also giving children lots of room for exploration and self expression. So while the end product might not look like a perfectly crafted rainbow, the journey of the art making process has most definitely been something to enjoy. Why not head outside to make a rainbow of your own and then choose a fabulous art experience to extend the fun and learning.
Simplest Stained Glass Rainbows: Even toddlers will enjoy this simple stained glass effect.
Rainbow Marble Painting via Kids Craftroom: Shake, rattle and roll your own rainbow!
Credit Card Rainbows via Housing a Forest: Who wouldn’t love this fabulously colourful, squishy, scrapey art making technique.
Potato Masher Rainbows via Crafts on Sea: Printmaking with kitchen utensils is so much fun!
Bubble Blower Rainbows: Because everyone loves blowing bubbles, and these ones make a rainbow.
Rainbow Ice Painting via Twodaloo: Preschoolers (and bigger kids!) will love the effect these coloured ice blocks make as they melt.
Rainbow Pasta Painting via Picklebums: Have fun painting your pasta and then thread it to make gorgeous rainbow inspired necklaces – one of my kindergartener’s favourite activities.
Cotton Ball Rainbows via Simple Fun for Kids: Cotton balls as a canvas for dropper painting – love it!
Rainbow Bubble Play via Small Potatoes: So this might technically fall under the category of sensory play but it certainly falls under the heading of rainbows! Fun for toddlers+
Rainbow Sand Art via Adventure in a Box: Love the effect of this gorgeous transient art. It would be lovely atop a light table too.
Paper Strip Rainbow Sculptures via Teach Preschool: The simplest of sculpture, this project celebrates the shape and colours of a rainbow.
Rainbow Snake Pots: A fabulous rainbow twist on clay coil pots.
Puffy Rainbow Clouds via Twodaloo: Part science activity and part art, this one is fascinating plus it smells and feels so good!
Making Rainbow Paper via The Science Kiddos: Make magical rainbows appear with clear nail varnish.
Rainbow Koinobori: Recycle a plastic drink bottle to make your very own rainbow coloured, koinobori inspired wind sock.
More Cool Explorations with Colour!
This is STEM, art and literacy like you’ve never seen it before – dressed up in all the colours of the rainbow! Kaleidoscope: Hands-On Explorations in Colour (and Color!) includes 25 awe-inspiring projects that integrate learning across a range of subject areas, including the STEM topics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as art, literacy and cooking. This is a great resource for teachers, parents, camp organisers, youth and community group leaders, homeschoolers, out of school care educators and more. Pop over to find out more.