Who doesn’t love rainbows? The colorful weather phenomenon makes the ideal inspiration for kids’ crafts. These projects work well for toddlers and older.
Paper Plate Rainbow
Half of a paper plate makes a simple rainbow shape for quick kids’ crafts. Draw lines to section off each color along the paper plate. Let your child paint each section, or glue little pieces of construction paper in the sections to make the plate look like a rainbow.
To dress it up a little, add colored ribbons or streamers to the bottom that correspond with the colors of the rainbow. For example, tape red streamers along the straight bottom edge of the plate where the red section ends.
Another option is to make clouds along the bottom. Glue cotton balls along the bottom edge to make the clouds. You can even add a pot of gold to the end of your paper plate rainbow.
This kids’ craft uses various objects in the color of the rainbow to create the artwork. Cut out a large rainbow shape from construction paper or cardboard. Find various objects in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. You can use crafts supplies, such as glitter, sequins, ribbon and stickers, or objects around the house, such as bottle caps, buttons and scraps from the recycling bin. Glue the colored objects onto the correction section of the rainbow cutout. In the red section, you might have red buttons, star stickers, ribbon and paper hearts, for example.
An alternative is to dye dry pasta to the colors of the rainbow. Mix food coloring with rubbing alcohol and soak the pasta in the mixture. After it dries, you can glue the colored pasta pieces into each section of the rainbow.
Sun Catcher Rainbow
This craft uses clear contact paper and tissue paper to allow the sun to shine through the artwork. Cut the contact paper in the shape of a rainbow. Cut tissue paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet into small pieces. Have your child stick the tissue paper pieces onto the contact paper in the correct order to make the rainbow. Hang the finished artwork in the window.
This colorful kids’ craft uses fine motor skills. Cut a half circle for the rainbow shape. Punch a series of holes about 1/2 inch apart along the curve of the paper rainbow. This are the holes for red. Move down about 1/2 inch and punch the next row of holes for the orange. Offset the holes so they fall between the holes for the red. Punch rows for each color of the rainbow.
Cut long strips of ribbon or yarn in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Help your child weave the red ribbon or yarn through the top row of holes. Repeat with the rest of the colors. Tape the ends of the ribbons so they don’t pull through the holes.