29 Rainbow Theme Learning Activities and Games for Kids

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Below you will find a collection of rainbow theme learning activities and games. These ideas will work great for the classroom or at home. 

One of the most magical sights in nature is a rainbow! Music and poetry have addressed the beauty of this phenomenon. Is it any wonder that it is such a popular theme for children’s classrooms and programs?

There are many ideas that are geared to younger children in this category; however, there are also suggestions for school-age youth.

Rainbow Games for Kids

1. Rainbow Tag

Needed:

✓ Four or more players
✓ Five tongue depressors, each one marked with a color of the rainbow
Water-based face paint
Crayons in the same rainbow colors
✓ A pink or rainbow-colored article of clothing
Wet wipes

How to Play:

  1. To prepare, hide each tongue depressor along with the matching color of face paint in a different place around the play area.
  2. Next, choose someone to be “Pinkie”, the player who sneaks around trying to tag the other players and undo their progress. Give Pinkie something pink or rainbow-colored to wear.
  3. To play, set everyone but Pinkie out in search of the sticks.
  4. Each time a player finds one of the colored sticks, he should discreetly — don’t give away the location to the others! — paint a stripe on his face, then leave the stick and paint in place. Bluffing is encouraged to keep the locations secret.
  5. The catch: Pinkie will be lurking, trying to tag the players. Every time she does, she wipes off one of their stripes.
  6. The first player to get one stripe in each color wins.

Source: familyfun.go.com

2. Rainbow Colored Block Stacking Game

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This is a fun game using blocks of different colors. Not only will this be fun for the classroom but it would make a great birthday party game.

How to Play

  1. Build a tower with colorful blocks.
  2. Roll the animal dice.
  3. Remove a block containing the animal from the dice that was rolled.
  4. Stack the removed block on top of the tower.
  5. Continue to play until the tower collapses.

3. Pot of Gold Drama Game

You say, “If I found a pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow, I’d buy this…” Then you show by acting out what you would buy. The others try to guess what you bought, and the first one to guess becomes the new actor.

Have a TREASURE HUNT and hide the treasure in a pot of gold to be shared by everyone once all the ‘rainbow-themed clues’ have been found.

4. Rainbow Walk Party Game

Instructions

  1. Spread out different colored paper circles.
  2. Children step on each circle as the music is playing.
  3. Once it stops, the child on a certain color can get a prize.

Fun Rainbow Fact

We see rainbows during rain showers when the sun is shining on raindrops. Rainbows appear in the part of the sky that is the opposite of the sun. The closer we are to the rainbow-the brighter it appears, Rainbow colors are always the same in order: Violet, Dark Blue, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. Everyone who looks at a rainbow sees it differently.

Rainbow Activities for Kids

5. Rainbow Hands Bulletin Board

Instructions

  1. Using colored construction paper of yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple trace children’s hands. 
  2. Make about 10 handprints of each of the colors of the rainbow.
  3. Put the children’s names on the hand-prints; form the hands into a large, curved rainbow shape. (All the reds in one curved arch of the rainbow…

6. Coffee Filter Rainbows

Learning topics: rainbows, light, chromatography, spectrum, and color

The rainbows that we see in the sky are caused by a reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. There are also other ways to view a rainbow with the help of water and a few other supplies.

Materials:
✓ Coffee filter
✓ Paper clip
✓ Black and green water
Soluble pens
✓ saucer

Instructions

  1. Fold the coffee filter into half.
  2. Fold it again one more time.
  3. Draw a dark green line about one inch (2-3 cm) from the round edge of the filter. (Be sure to save room for a black line next to it).
  4. Proceed to draw a dark black line one inch (2-3 cm) from the other side of the round edge. (Do not let the lines touch each other).
  5. Make the filter into a cone shape by securing the edge of the paper filter with the paper clip.
  6. Place water in the saucer.
  7. Put the round edge of the filter in the water.
  8. Let the filter stay in this position for one hour and then observe the results.
  9. Now, explore! Pay close attention to what happens to the dark green line. Record your observations and explain what you think is happening during this experiment.

Source: cosi.org

7. Catching an Indoor Rainbow

Materials:

✓ Clear glass or medium-sized clear jar filled with water to the top
✓ Window sill
✓ Bright sunlight
✓ White paper
✓ Watercolor paints or crayons.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass or clear jar with water to the top.
  2. Set glass/jar on the window sill in bright sunlight.
  3. Glass or jar should stick out over the ledge just a little bit.
  4. Place a white piece of paper on the floor in front of the window (tape 2 or 3 pieces to form a poster size and obtain a bigger rainbow image).
  5. A rainbow will be captured/reflected on the paper. This will greatly depend on how bright the sunlight is and the positioning of the glass jar, so move the jar side to side on the window sill to help the process until you see the rainbow reflected on the paper.
  6. Quickly draw lines to capture the rainbow and children can paint directly on the paper on the floor as the rainbow is reflected there.

8. An Indoor Rainbow

Instructions

  1. To create an indoor rainbow fill a glass pan with water and place a mirror in the water so that it is leaning against the edge of the pan.
  2. Completely darken the room and shine a flashlight on the mirror.
  3. Carefully adjust the angle of the light until a rainbow is reflected on a wall or the ceiling.
  4. You can then give children with paper and art supplies to copy the order of the colors of the rainbow…

9. Plant a Rainbow

You can grow a blooming rainbow by planting curved rows of different-colored flowers. For the best effect, use plants that have similar heights.

Rainbow Arts and Crafts for Kids 

10. Water Color Giant Rainbow

Instructions

  1. Make a giant rainbow by painting a large sheet of paper with water.
  2. Add big arcs of color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet).
  3. The colors will slowly blend into each other.

11. Rainbow Arcs

Instructions

  1. Remove the wrappers from rainbow-colored crayons: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  2. Have children use the sides of the crayons to draw rainbow arcs on paper.
  3. If the weather is good, invite them to make rainbows on a sidewalk with colored chalk.

12. Tape 6 Different Crayons

Arrange six crayons in a straight line. They should be arranged in order of the rainbow colors. Show children how to draw a rainbow with one stroke.

13. Fruit Cereal Rainbows

A picture of a fruit loops rainbow on green construction paper with a sun and cloud.

Materials:

Froot Loops cereal
✓ Glue
Paper
Cotton balls
Markers

Instructions

  1. Glue rainbow-colored Froot Loop cereal on construction paper in the SHAPE OF A RAINBOW!
  2. When complete add the cotton clouds and sun.

14. Paper and Yarn Rainbow

Materials:

Roll paper
✓ Several different colors of yarn
Construction paper that matches yarn colors
✓ Glue
Optional: Crayons

Instructions

  1. On pieces of roll paper, draw arched lines to represent rainbows.
  2. Put glue on the rainbow lines and have children place a piece of different colored yarn along the entire length of each line.
  3. Have the children tear the colored paper into pieces, one color at a time. Then have them glue the torn paper onto the area between the pieces of yarn, under the yarn for that color.
  4. Encourage children to fill the entire space with the appropriate colored paper pieces.
  5. You may want to color a portion of each space with a crayon to help.

15. Rainbow Art Collage

Using rainbow shaped paper and rainbow-colored yarn, the children can make rainbow yarn collages.

16. Summer Rainbow

This rainbow activity for 4 to 8 years old.

Materials:

A picture of a child holding a crafted rainbow with the rainbow having a cloud at each end.

✓ Washable watercolor
Art tissue paper
Construction paper – 9″ x 12″
Cotton balls
✓ Ribbon & Yarn
✓ Glue
✓ Scissors
✓ Hole punch
A rainbow template (Pre-make one)

Instructions:

  1. Using the templates, trace and cut out one rainbow and 2 clouds.
  2. Have children decorate both sides of the rainbow with watercolors.
  3. Set aside to dry.
  4. Glue the clouds to each end of the rainbow.
  5. Cut brightly-colored tissue paper into 1/2″ strips.
  6. Have the children glue the tissue paper strips to the clouds.
  7. Glue cotton balls onto the clouds.
  8. Attach yarn to the top of the rainbow to hang and display.

17. RAINBOW STREAMERS

Materials:

✓ Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers
✓ A paper plate for each child
✓ Scissors
✓ Stapler

Instructions

  1. Cut the center out of a paper plate.
  2. Cut long pieces of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crepe paper streamers; each streamer should be about two to three feet long.
  3. Staple a rainbow of streamers onto the paper plate.

18. Rainbow, Clouds, Rain Craft

Materials:

A picture of the rainbow, clouds, rain craft. It looks like a rainbow with clouds at each end and rain coming down.

9″ paper plate
✓ 2 squares of tissue paper in each color: pink, peach, light yellow, lime, light blue, and lavender
✓ 6 cotton balls
Christmas tree icicles
✓ Scissors
✓ Glue
✓ Stapler
✓ Tape
✓ Fishing line or yarn
✓ Needle or hole punch

Instructions

  1. Cut a paper plate in half. Cut an arc from one half of the plate.
  2. Cut tissue paper into 2″ squares from the rainbow colors. You may use either pastel or a variation would be to use bright colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple). Each color takes approximately 30 squares to completely cover a row.
  3. Roll each square into a ball or pinch the entrance of the square and gather the tissue into a point and glue to the arc. Keep each color in its own row.
  4. For the rain, tape Christmas tree icicles at the bottom back of the rainbow
  5. For clouds, glue cotton balls or fiberfill to each end of the rainbow.
  6. To make the hanger use a hole punch at the top of the rainbow and thread yarn through it. If you use fishing line, use a needle to thread it through.

By Ms. Brenda and Edith Kansas City Public Library

19. Rainbows from Buttons

Materials:

Buttons
Heavyweight colored paper
✓ Glue
Rainbow colored paint

Instructions

  1. Arrange buttons on the paper in the shape of a rainbow and then paint the buttons in broad stripes of color with the paints.
  2. Let buttons dry to have a nice button rainbow.

20. Colored Pasta Rainbows

Dye pasta noodles in batches of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Have children use the pieces for:

#1. GLUE ON white paper to make a rainbow.

#2. STRING ON very long yarn in batches of colors.

For younger children: Sort and count the pasta pieces by color.

Place or glue the pieces on matching colored paper.

How to color pasta directions are in the Paint and Color Recipe Category

FUN ‘RAINBOW THEMED’ IDEAS

Ask children to wear clothing of each color of the rainbow or dress in a solid color of just one of the rainbow colors. You could also declare ‘RAINBOW DAY” and all wear as many colors as possible!

21. Mix and match plates, cups, and napkins in rainbow colors.

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22. Face painting a small rainbow on the cheek of each child.

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23. Attach a large cardboard painted rainbow to the room’s front door.

24. Paint rainbows on the windows of your room….(See Paint Recipes on Paint page)

25. Read the ‘Rainbow Fish’ booksMake rainbow fish by decorating and putting sequins on cut out fish shapes.

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26. Rainbow Colored Slinkies
Purchase some rainbow-colored ‘slinkies’ to slink down some stairs or steps.

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27. Hide crayons of each rainbow color for the children to find. As each crayon is found, color in a previously drawn arc on a big piece of paper. (Children group color parts of the arc) Once the rainbow is complete, everyone could get a treat for great ‘team’ work!

28. Rainbow Doorway Decoration Idea

A picture of a doorway decorated with different colored streamers. You have to walk through the rainbow colored streamers to transition from room to room.

This rainbow doorway would be a great decoration for a party–or as Katey Magill wrote at HavingFunatHome… “It’s nobody’s birthday, but we got out the streamers anyway- just for fun.”

29. Rainbow Party Favors

Put the Party Favors in a Rainbow Bag

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SONGS ABOUT RAINBOWS

  • The Rainbow Connection by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher and featured in the first Muppet Movie. Sung by Kermit the Frog.
  • Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.
  • I Can Sing a Rainbow: A children’s song used to teach them the names of the colors.
  • Look to the Rainbow from Finian’s Rainbow.
  • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows a song adapted from a Chopin Prelude
  • Reading rainbow theme song – Check out the rainbow theme tune lyrics
Reading rainbow song lyrics printout. Different animated pictures of kids and rainbows with the lyrics to the song on the sheet. Heading reads "reading rainbow song lyrics."

In Summary

We hope you have enjoyed these rainbow theme learning activities for kids. These ideas will work great for a rainbow theme day or even a rainbow-themed birthday party.

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