Rainbow art

What should we do today?

When your kids are home from school for the holidays and the weather is not cooperating there is nothing worse than hearing the dreaded "I'm bored"!

Unfortunately that means you actually have to come up with ideas for something to do!

Not to worry, we have you covered. How about fun with Rainbows? There are so many fun things to talk about with your child to encourage their curiosity and creativity!

Let’s make a rainbow!

Talk to your child about the colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. How do we get all of these colours?

When you mix red and yellow you get orange. Mix yellow and blue to get green. What colour do you get when you mix red to blue? (Purple!) This is how we get all of the colours of a rainbow!

So let’s get started with rainbow art!

What you need:

  • A5 art card
  • Cotton balls
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple paint

  • Paintbrushes
  • White glue
  • Pencil and ruler

Step 1: Take out your supplies

Step 1: Take out supplies
  • Prepare your work area
  • Take out your paints and paint tray
  • Lay down some newspaper and have a damp cloth handy for easy clean-up!

Step 2: Mix your paint

Step 2: Mix paint
  • If you have all the colours in a rainbow you are ready!
  • If you only have red, yellow and blue, then let’s mix!
  • Red + yellow = orange. Yellow + blue = green. Red + blue = purple.

Step 3: Let’s paint our rainbow!

  • Let’s make a rainbow! First divide the paper into 6 sections using a ruler and pencil.
  • Make a dot every 4cm as a guide and help your child make a line across the paper.
  • Starting on one end paint the first row red. Which colour comes next? Orange.
  • Continue painting each row in order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
  • Set aside to dry.

Step 4: Add your clouds

  • Take out the cotton balls and show your child how to gently pull them apart to elongate them.
  • These will be the clouds. To form your rainbow arch roll the card around an empty kitchen or TP roll and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Unroll and add white glue along the edges and stick on the cotton wool. Let dry.

The ideas and instructions for this activity come from our Weather Around Your Activity Box.

Looking for more fun arts and craft activities for your child between the age 1 – 5? Get a Toddler Activity Box or Kid Activity Box from Sqooll.