Rainbow Art Ideas For Kids

Check out this colourful collection of rainbow art ideas for kids! Kids of all ages love rainbows. What's not to love—all those gorgeous colours together in a big, magical-looking arch in the sky—they're pretty spectacular. Capture the wonder of this natural phenomenon with some fun rainbow art projects for kids.

Easy rainbow art ideas for kids

From rainbow painting ideas to decorative ring dishes, you'll find something here for your toddler, preschooler, or older child to make on a rainy day. Grab some craft supplies and have some colourful fun!

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Rainbow Art Ideas for Kids

We'll kick off this list of rainbow art ideas with some of our favourite rainbow art projects. Painted toast is a fun option for a rainy morning. It's creative, fun, and a tasty way to start the day. If you're looking for a fun project to make with your baby, try the no-mess rainbow art or the rainbow footprint dish. We have loads of ideas for you!

Fun rainbow art projects for kids


Rainbow Painting in a Ziplock Bag

If you love paint but don't always love the mess it makes, our Rainbow Ziploc Bag Painting art project is for you. Both the paint and the cardstock are contained in a sealed plastic bag. Your toddler or preschooler can squish and spread the paint without getting their hands dirty! Once your child is done, remove the paper, let it dry, and then turn it into nice greeting cards or pretty wall art. 

Rainbow painting in a ziploc bag  - rainbow art ideas for kids


Edible Rainbow Art - Bread Painting 

How about some rainbow art that you can eat? Kids love our fun Rainbow Bread Painting idea. It's as fun to taste as it is to make. You can make edible paint in just minutes with two simple ingredients you probably have on hand already.

Edible rainbow art for kids - bread painting


Sponge Painting a Rainbow 

Use this Sponge Painting a Rainbow idea to make a rainbow quickly and easily! This is a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to create some easy rainbow-printed paper to turn into greeting cards or DIY gift wrap.

Sponge painting a rainbow art idea


Paper Towel Rainbow Art

Part art, part science, this Rainbow Magic Drawings art project is sure to be a winner with your kids. You'll colour in the bottom layer of the paper towel and draw an outline on top. Put it in water, and as the paper towel becomes wet, it reveals the secret picture underneath. Fun!

Magic paper towel rainbow art project


Rainbow Footprint Clay Art Project

Create a keepsake that will last forever. Use clay to make Rainbow Footprint Art for Mom, Grandma, or just for fun. It's the perfect project to do with your babies while they're still so small. Use the dish as a ring dish to hold the jewellery you take off or just as a decorative piece. 

Rainbow footprint clay art project


Rainbow Cork Painting

We hope you're saving your wine corks because they're perfect for getting crafty. Take our Cork-Painted Rainbow, for instance—it's bright, colourful, and super easy for young kids to stamp out a rainbow made of colourful circles using corks. Using our template, you can set up this craft for your kids in just a couple of minutes.

Rainbow cork painting - rainbow art ideas for kids


Rainbow Flower Spin Art Project

Into process art? We used the spin art technique to make this colourful and fun Rainbow Flower Spin Art Project. You'll need a salad spinner, several pretty paint colours, and some paper to turn spin-painted art into flower petals. Add popsicle stick "stems," and decorate the flowers with buttons or pom-poms to finish them off. 

Rainbow flower spin art project for kids

Rainbow Ice Activity

When winter comes back around, this Rainbow Ice idea needs to be on your list of crafts to make. Don't worry—if the weather's too cold and blustery outside, you can just bring some now indoors on a tray and use the coloured ice to make a rainbow or any other design your kids can dream up.

Rainbow ice activity - rainbow art ideas for kids

Rainbow Coloured Salt

Have fun Coloring Salt to use during sensory playtime or for your crafts. It's quite easy to make using ordinary table salt and food colouring. Kosher salt or sea salt will give you larger grains to work with, which are easier for little fingers to grasp. Fine table salt, however, can be used like glitter in your crafts.

Rainbow colored salt - rainbow art project for kids


More Rainbow Art Projects for Kids

Need more colourful rainbow art projects? Take a look at the ideas below for inspiration. 

Easy rainbow painting ideas for kids


Chalk Pastel Watercolour Rainbow Pillows

Your kids will adore these No-Smudge Rainbow Softies from Barley and Birch. Not only are they fun to make, but they make beautiful kid-made gifts to give to family and friends as well. If you're worried about the chalk pastels smearing and smudging, don't worry. The secret to keeping them smudge-free is included in the tutorial.

Rainbow pillow craft - rainbow art projects for kids

Rainbow Snake Pots Art Project

Kids who enjoy working with their hands will like these Rainbow Snake Pots from Childhood 101. Roll modelling clay into "snakes" and then stack and shape them together to make tiny pots. They'll be perfect for holding your paintbrushes or pencils.

Rainbow snake pot art project for kids


Confetti Rainbow Art Project

Grab some rainbow confetti and use it to make a work of wall-worthy art, like this Confetti Rainbow Art Project from Rainy Day Mum. All of those beautiful, brightly-coloured circles create wonderful texture on the page. And the paper towel clouds are a great idea, too. Kids can also use fluffy cotton to make clouds if preferred.

Confetti rainbow art project for kids


Rainbow Heart Suncatchers

Turn tissue paper into Rainbow Heart Suncatchers following the tutorial from Fireflies and Mud Pies. They'll look beautiful with the sunlight streaming through. Make an extra one to give to the grandparents or friends to add a little cheer to their day.

Heart suncatcher rainbow art idea for kids

Racing Rainbow Painting

Toy cars and paint make for a fun time with this Racing Rainbow Painting activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning! Roll the car's wheels in paint and roll them across the paper to create colourful streaks and patterns. You never know what the final product will look like, but that's part of the fun! 

Racing rainbow art idea for kids


Rainbow Squeegee Process Art

Hello Wonderful has an amazing Rainbow Scrape Painting idea that's a new, fun way to paint to give kids experience using different tools. Putting the paints in squeeze bottles makes it easier for young kids to get the paint on the canvas. Then, they can scrape the paint across it to create their own designs.

Rainbow squeegee art for kids


Rainbow Watercolour Salt Painting

Have you ever tried salt painting? If not, this Rainbow Watercolor Salt Painting from Fun With Mama is a great place to start. You'll need glue, salt, and watercolour paints in a rainbow of colours. Make a butterfly, a rainbow, a leaf, or any other design you'd like.

Rainbow watercolour salt painting for kids


Deconstructed Rainbow Art

Instead of making a rainbow, why don't you take one apart instead? These Deconstructed Rainbow Collages from Barley and Birch are a fun take on rainbow art. Make circles, arches, and abstract designs using every coloured arc. 

deconstructed rainbow art idea for kids


Rainbow Art Pointillism

Grab some Q-Tips (cotton buds) for a quick lesson in pointillism. This art technique involves creating pictures from tiny dots. Using cotton buds is a great starting point for preschoolers because they're easy to grasp and use. Make a cheerful Pointillism Rainbow like this one from Coffee and Carpool for your next art project.

pointillism rainbow art - rainbow painting for kids


Rainbow Jar Art Project 

Create a gorgeous Rainbow Jar for your child's room by following this tutorial from A Little Pinch of Perfect. It's pretty, glittery, and colourful, and is a terrific way to study absorption.

Rainbow jar art project for kids


Rainbow Yarn Art

Gather your yarn scraps or a skein of rainbow-coloured yarn for this cute Rainbow Yarn Art idea from Rhythms of Play. Draw your own rainbow arch for your child to fill in with the yarn or find a printable rainbow template online (like ours above with the corks). 

Rainbow yarn art project for kids


Handprint Rainbow

Remember your child's precious handprints with a Handprint Rainbow keepsake like this one from Kids' Craft Room. It's so lovely to see those colourful hands and fingers spread across the page. To make rainbow handprints you can display for a long time, consider making this craft on canvas! It would look cute with footprints, too. 

Handprint rainbow painting ideas for kids

More lists of St Patricks Day and/or rainbow activity ideas that you might be interested in: 

Rainbow Ideas for St Patricks Day from Powerful Mothering
Ways to make a Handprint Rainbow from Fun Handprint Art
Rainbow Science Activities from Preschool Powol Packets
Preschool Activities for St. Patrick’s Day from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
St Patrick’s Day Science Ideas for Kids  from Little Bins for Little Hands
Rainbow Busy Bags for Preschool from Something 2 Offer
Seed Starting Activities from Nemcsok Farms
St. Patrick’s Day Printables from The Pleasantest Thing

We hope you've enjoyed our list of fun and colourful rainbow art ideas for kids. Pin it to come back to your favourite rainbow art projects on a rainy day! 

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1 comment

  1. Love These! We will totally be making rainbows for the rest of winter! Evelyne


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