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Fruit Loop Rainbow

We made rainbows today with school glue and fruit loops on blue construction paper and the kids had a ball and it really wasn't that messy. Now they're napping and their rainbows are drying. Pretty neat craft idea, sorry but I forgot where it came from.

~Submitted by Pat in MA

Rainbow Wand

Making a rainbow wand is not only an artistic endeavor but also will be lots of fun to use outdoors! To make a wand, cut a large paper plate in half; then cut off the rim of the plate. Color arches on the plate to resemble a rainbow. Next cut one-inch-wide lengths of various colors of crepe paper streamers. Staple the streamers to one end of the plate. Take the rainbow wand outdoors, and let the colors flap in the wind as you move about!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Just thought I would share an activity I did with the children. It came in the curriculum program I've purchased so I have to give credit to Early Beginnings. We are concentrating on rainbows and rainbow colors right now. We made a rainbow bubble gum machine. You need a round circle (white), a square (red) and a triangle (yellow) cut out of construction paper. Glue the circle onto the square just at the top, and the triangle onto the square in the center. Put red, yellow, blue, purple, orange and green paint into shallow dishes. Have the children dip their finger into one color at a time and do several dots on the circle. Great way to reinforce shapes and colors.

~Submitted by Julia

Torn Paper Rainbows

Apply glue onto a piece of paper where the first color of the rainbow should be, you can make a half or full arc. Have your child apply red torn paper to the glued area. Next, apply glue under the red torn paper for the next color, and so on!! (you will only be able to do three or four colors)

We did these the other day and they were so cute!! My kids are littler so I cut up little squares of the const. paper for it.....we used 6 colors and did them on larger (newsprint) paper......then on the ends of each side of the rainbow we glued cotton balls for clouds.......

~Submitted by Ruth in SD

Plastic Canvas Rainbow

This rainbow almost glows when you hang it in a window.

What you will need:

6" round plastic canvas
craft lace or 1/8" ribbon in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
6 pony beads to match each color

What to do:

1. Cut a round plastic canvas sheet in half then cut out the middle so that only 6 rows remain to form the rainbow.

2. Cut one piece of craft lace or ribbon of each color about 20 inches long.

3. Starting with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple from top to bottom lace each piece of lace or ribbon through the canvas. When using the craft lace be sure to pull the lace all the way through each time. You will probably need a yarn needle if you are using the ribbon. Leave the ends of lace hang at different lengths.

4. To finish add 3 beads of the same color to the ends of each ribbon or craft lace. Tie on a string to hang it up when you are finished. If your craft lace is not hanging straight place it in a warm oven for a few seconds or place it out in the Sun. When the lace warms up it straightens out.

Stringing Rainbow Necklaces

Fruit Rings/Fruit Loops

~Submitted by Paige

Rain and Rainbow Collage

Look in a magazine or newspaper for pictures of rain, or rainbows, cut them out, and let your child glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Easy Rainbows

Tape three or four different colored crayons in a straight line. Show your child how to draw a rainbow with one stroke.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Names

Write name with black crayon. Use other color crayons to trace around the name. Use a different color each time until you fill the page up.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow in a Baggie

1 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups water
ziplock bags
Mix ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. The product should look a little like vaseline. Allow cooling. Fill baggies 1/3 full with product. Add food coloring (red, yellow, blue) to the product in the baggie. Zip up and allow children to squish the bag. Soon a rainbow full of colors will be present in their bags. Caution: Don't allow children to hit bags with fist hard, the baggies will open up or holes will be made in the bag.

Rainbow Plates

2 Paper Plates, Colored Cellophane, Glue

Cut out a large circle in the middle of 2 paper plates. Glue colored cellophane to cover the hole on one plate, and then glue the two plates together. Children look through and see the world as different colors.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Rainbow Art

Set out pieces of white paper and crayons in six rainbow colors. Invite your children to create their own rainbow art, drawing whatever they want with the 6 colors. Display their artwork in a rainbow shape on a wall or board.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Torn Paper Rainbows


colored construction paper

Have the children tear up paper in the colors of the rainbow. Then have them glue the torn pieces onto white paper in the form of a rainbow. You may want to have a picture of a rainbow to show as an example. Have fun!

~Submitted by Julie, The Apple Orchard Family Childcare


Various colors of tissue paper (gift bag kind) cut into 2 or 3-inch strips then cut strips into 2 or 3-inch squares. Let the dck's crumble the squares into balls. (mine love doing this) On Construction paper draw the arches for the rainbow then paint thinned down glue on let the dck's put the tissue balls on to make their rainbow. Using the tissue balls let them make a puffy umbrella too.

~Submitted by Judie

Decorate toilet paper rolls with colored markers. Cut strips of colored crepe paper. Attach to toilet paper roll. Teach the children a song about a rainbow. Move the rainbows to the actions of the song!

~Submitted by Kathy in IA


For each child, cut two pieces of waxed paper in equal size circles about five inches in diameter. Have the children scrape shaving from brightly colored old crayons, and sprinkle onto one of the circles of the waxed paper. Cover with the other circle of wax paper and press with an iron in-between sheets of newspaper. Use a dry, warm iron (not hot!). Lift and check to see that the colors are melted. If necessary, press again. Wrap the waxed paper over the end of a toilet paper roll, and secure with a rubber band or tape. Trim the excess paper, if desired. Take thekaleidoscope to a light source and peer through. Have the children look into each other's kaleidoscopes to see the different patterns and colors.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Towel Art

Fold paper towel in half 2 times. Dip each corner into a different color of water. Open for a beautiful design.

~Submitted by Cathy

Blot Rainbows

Fold white paper in half. On one side of the half put dabs of paints of the colors of the rainbow. Fold in half and have children press the paint around. Then write "Rainbows are promises form God."

~Submitted by Cathy

Chalk Rainbow

Have children draw chalk rainbows on the sidewalk.

~Submitted by Cathy

Make circles of graduating sizes on paper the color of the rainbow (using those nesting cups works great!) Older kids can cut their own circles ~ then have them glue the circles on top of each other & then cut them in half for 2 rainbows.

~Submitted by Nancee

Make a cloud pattern on white & have children cut it out. Cut strips of paper in rainbow colors and glue the strips hanging from the cloud. (Another very simple idea, but it really looks cute!)

~Submitted by Nancee

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