5 rainbow activties

Try these colourful crafts with your kids!

Images and words: Sara Conway

1 Swoosh rainbow: create a beautiful rainbow with one big sweep!

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

  1. They 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 Rainbow handprints:  turn a handprint into a colourful picture!

They paint their hands with rainbow stripes and print! Then they can turn their prints into colourful fish and birds.

To make this peacock…

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

  1. They paint the rainbow on their hand and print.
  2. Draw and snip the peacock’s body from coloured paper.
  3. Draw and snip some feet and a beak from yellow paper.
  4. Assemble the peacock and give him some googly eyes.

 3 Collect the rainbow: set the kids a challenge!

Send the kids off 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 put it all away again!

4 Rainbow treasure

We all know there’s treasure at the end of a rainbow, but what is it? Tell your kids to fill a page with a rainbow picture and then draw the treasure they’d like to find under it.

5 Rainbow slime: somewhere over the rainbow is a fluffy ball of slime!

You’ll need: 200ml PVA glue, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, contact lens solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate), 2 tbsp baby oil, shaving foam (about the same amount as the glue), 3 different food colours

  1. Get your kids to mix the glue, bicarbonate of soda, baby oil and shaving foam in a bowl.
  2. Add contact lens solution a small amount at a time, just like in the basic recipe. This will make fluffy slime.
  3. When the slime is no longer sticky, get them to divide it into 3 equal-sized pieces.
  4. Add a few drops of food colour to each part and get them to work it in so that they end up with 3 different colours of fluffy slime.
  5. Now they lay the slimes next to each other, and stretch them and swirl them to make a rainbow.

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