4 beautiful rainbow art ideas for kids

Teach your child all the colours of the rainbow with these fun, creative ideas – don’t forget to pop them on display in your window once you’re finished!

We loved seeing rainbows appear in children’s windows during the height of the pandemic last year. And since it’s Children’s Art Week (29 June to 19 July), there’s really no better excuse to get your painting kits back out and create some fabulous rainbow art.

Once your little one has painted their rainbow, they can display it on their bedroom wall – or you could spread a little joy and stick it up on a window for everyone to see as they walk by.

Want an idea that doesn’t involve painting? Scroll down for a playful idea that’s (a little) less messy, and uses objects you already have at home.

Try these 4 easy ideas…

1. Swoosh a rainbow – washing up sponge painting

You’ll need: a washing up sponge, paper, paint

What to do:

  1. Ask your child to paint the colours of the rainbow in stripes across the sponge.
  2. Then they swoosh it in a rainbow arc. It works best if they press down on the sponge. That’s it!

2. Fingerprint rainbow art

You’ll need: paints, paper, fingers

What to do:

  1. Ask your child to dip their finger in red and print a rainbow arc.
  2. Repeat for all of the colours of the rainbow.

3. Rainbow handprint painting

Print a handprint and turn it into a beautiful bird.

You’ll need: paint, a hand, coloured paper and googly eyes

1. Ask your child to paint a rainbow on their hand and press it on to a piece of paper.
2. Now, help them to draw and snip the peacock’s body from blue paper.
3. Draw and snip some feet and a beak from yellow paper.
4. Assemble the peacock and give him some googly eyes.

4. Collect a rainbow

Send your kids to collect things that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink. Challenge them to turn a table floor into a rainbow… and then take a beautiful photograph to share with family and friends!