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Rainbow Crafts for Toddlers

Updated on June 19, 2013
Rainbow collage from torn construction paper
Rainbow collage from torn construction paper | Source
Coloring rainbow
Coloring rainbow | Source
Sticker rainbow
Sticker rainbow | Source
Collage rainbow
Collage rainbow | Source
Mixed media rainbow
Mixed media rainbow | Source
Close up of mixed media
Close up of mixed media | Source

Making Rainbows

Everyone loves a rainbow! Toddlers love to color rainbows and make them out of different materials. There are many different crafts you can do with toddlers when making rainbows. Holidays, such as St. Patrick's Day, can be incorporated into rainbow projects. My kids like drawing and painting rainbows at any time of the year, though. Hopefully, my projects will help you keep your little ones busy and happy making rainbows for a long time to come. The simple rule of thumb for colors is ROY-G-BIV or Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Here are a few different ideas:

The most basic project would be coloring a rainbow. I drew out a rainbow with the proper amount of color lines in black and white. Then all you have to do is have your toddler use kids' markers, crayons, watercolors or pastels, whichever they like to use (or you like to clean up!) to color in the rainbow. My son used kids' markers to color his rainbow in. He also is a bit older than a toddler and just finished kindergarten, so he's pretty good at staying in the lines. I think any age child can color in a rainbow, though. Placing the finished, colored rainbow on a larger sheet of paper can give the piece some "importance" and make it seem like a more substantial piece of art.

The next project I had my son do with a rainbow was make one out of stickers. The fun thing about this is you can use any type of stickers your child likes. Again, I drew the outline of the rainbow on paper. My son was picking out stickers that had the most of a certain color to represent that color stripe in the rainbow. Children can share their sticker sheets and mix and match all different kinds of stickers. This could be a fun activity to do with kids at a birthday party, have them each bring one sheet of stickers with to the party and "color" in the pictures with stickers.

I tore up colored construction paper for the next craft and made an example of a rainbow collage. It takes a short amount of time to tear up the paper, then all you need is a glue stick and paper to glue onto. I did have a rainbow drawn as a guide on the paper before I had the kids glue the torn pieces onto it. The great thing about the collage is the kids can color the sky and background however they like, so they don't all look the same. I used green torn paper on the bottom of the page to create a forest.

The final craft we did was making a rainbow out of mixed media. We actually used whatever we could find in the craft drawer. We used pipe cleaners, torn paper, glitter glue, crayons, markers and animal stickers. You could also use buttons, popsicle sticks, raffia, colored rope, beads, paint or pretty much whatever you find laying around the house. This makes for a craft that can be very different from one time to another and will never get boring.

I hope these rainbow craft ideas will help to give you some new projects to do at home or in the classroom. Perhaps they will even help you clean out a craft drawer or two! Have fun!


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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Thanks for checking out the project. Indeed, rainbows are a favorite project in my house!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    What great fun for toddlers! I have to say I never get tired of looking at anything created by toddlers and young kids. Especially when you see the concentration and effort so many of them put into their artwork. The rainbow art is very pretty indeed and I'm sure the kids had a great time creating them.

    A very enjoyable and useful hub + voted up

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I love using torn construction paper in all kinds of kids projects.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    thank you!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    these are so easy and fun to do and you can really tailor the project to each child's liking.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    You have me on this one, I love rainbows! This is such a creative fun project for kids. Well Done!

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    Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

    Adorable! I love this idea.

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    Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Washington

    Cool ideas, Amber - it's been so long since I HAD toddlers I had to think about it but I'm sure they would have loved these!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    thank you for checking out my rainbow crafts! stamping is another great way to make rainbows, I'm always looking for new ideas myself!

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    Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Great hub! I'm always doing crafts with the kids I nanny and rainbows are always a hit! Voted up :)