Rainbow Crafts for Toddlers
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!