These rainbow activities are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids. This list of 20 rainbow activities and crafts has a little bit of something for everyone: arts, crafts, science and stem activities, as well as sensory activities and food activities.
You'll find plenty of things that kids can be independently (or with a little bit of setup), plus a few activities to do with kids.
Educational rainbow crafts and activities
Rainbows are a favorite with many little kids, and for good reason: they're colorful and fun!
But they are a favorite for me too. Not because they look nice, but because there is so much opportunity for learning thanks to rainbows. With these rainbow activities below, kids can:
- Learn colors
- Learn about the weather
- Practice fine motor skills
- Get some energy out and practice those gross motor skills
- Practice their scissor skills
- Play with food (which was always recommended for us in feeding therapy for picky eating as a way to get picky kids to accept new foods on their plates!)
- Get lots opportunity for sensory play
Rainbow Activities for Preschoolers
This activity combines rainbows with science, fizz, and fun. An awesome activity with lots of educational opportunities!
This fun Rainbow Snack is as fun to make as it is to eat! Kids get to explore different textures and flavors, practice fun motor skills, and enjoy a delicious snack too.
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Another fun edible activity. You will need to put the fruit on yourself so your kiddos don't get hurt by the sharp skewer, but kids can practice their pattern skills, touch some new textures, and might even try a new healthy fruit!
A fun and easy paper plate rainbow craft for kids tutorial! Kids will get to touch lots of textures, practice fine motor skills, and practice their scissor skills with this activity!
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Here's another paper plate rainbow activity, and this one involves fine motor skills: rainbow weaving! This activity is super easy to set up.
Spark an interest in science with this Rainbow Science Experiment. Use just a few candies and water to create a beautiful rainbow. Just be careful with toddlers since these candies can be a choking hazard for really little ones!
Encourage kids to play with their food! These taste-safe colored noodles are so much fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how to dye spaghetti noodles for sensory bins or to make dinner more fun!
Make a Rainbow Tunnel for kids to crawl through and enjoy the colors of the rainbow. This is a great gross motor skills activity! And be sure to check out these other indoor activities for toddlers to keep them busy and tire them out.
Since this is a blog about overcoming picky eating, I can't miss an opportunity to play with vegetables! Even if your kids refuse to eat these veggies, touchin them, playing with them, talking about their color and texture is a great sensory activity. For more fun veggie play, check out this celery painting activity!
Coloring pages are always a relaxing activity for kids and adults. Get these printable pages, take out your crayons or pencils, and enjoy!
This rainbow fish craft is perfect for everyone. All you need are some paper plates, paint, scissors, and a few more simple crafting supplies. The kids will be so proud of their craft!
Sensory bins shouldn’t have to be complicated! You can make easy DIY colored salt in just minutes and then you have amazing materials for lots of sensory play.
Looking for an fun activity to teach rainbow colors while also enhancing fine motor skills? This tissue paper rainbow craft is perfect for small hands and is beautiful to display!
Kids will love making their own colorful rainbow dot art with this totally free and instant printable!
Rainbow Heart Clovers give your kids practice with measuring and stapling, plus they’re just so colorful and fun!
Making this rainbow sensory bottle craft is fun, but it can also provide plenty of enjoyment and relaxation for kids. Use your favorite rainbow color sequins for this bottle! You can get 25,000 rainbow sequins here, just don't let your kids get their hands on all 25,000 at once lol
Get your kids involved in pizza night by inviting them to decorate their own rainbow pizza! This is such a good chance for them to try new foods, veggies, and flavors, and to get some sensory activities in by playing with food in a fun way!
This rainbow rice is really great for sensory bins! It won't stay rainbow for long, but it sure is fun for kids to dig around in there!
Keep little hands busy with playdough mats! These fun free printable play dough mats have a rainbow page. Play dough is great for sensory play and a great activity to strengthen little hands.
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