Spring brings rain and sun and that means rainbows and these colourful arches can produce lots of inspiration for creating, playing and learning. Combine these activities with some spring-themed crafts for toddlers and you have fun rainy day ideas for you and your children to enjoy in early spring. So here we go with our favourite Rainbow crafts, activities and play inspiration.
Rainbow Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Make a Rainbow with Torn paper
Combine fine motor skills and some creativity with this sticky rainbow art project for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s very simple and easy to do and you can spend some time exploring the colours at the same time.
Fruit Loop Rainbow Picture
We love this Fruit Loop Rainbow picture for a 3D collage that kids will love to make.
WaterColour Rainbow Art
One of our favourite types of paint is watercolours and this watercolour Rainbow Art project is such a fun one to do with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Rainbow Confetti Collage
Make this fun confetti rainbow with your children. They will love hole punching the different colours and then create the picture themselves. My favourite part is fluffy clouds we added right at the end.
Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Bin
Simple and easy to set up this Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Tub is great for kids to explore, check out the step-by-step guide to dying the spaghetti as well as the ideas for tools and sensory play equipment to use with the tray if you want to enhance the activity further.
Paint a Rainbow
Ideal for Toddlers this easy Painted Rainbow will help you work on colour recognition as well as being a perfect spring art project for them to do.
Got more than one child at home and love to do crafts but finding it tricky? Check out our top tips for crafting with 2 or more kids under 4! We did it and so can you!
Rainbow Activities for Learning
Rainbow Threaded Number bonds
Learn some number bonds with this lacing rainbow activity for number bonds to 10.
Rainbow Number Bond Art
Same idea as above but instead of lacing to match the number get your preschooler to create their own colourful rainbow and match the numbers in the rainbow number bond art project.
Rainbow Words for Letter Formation
Practice letters, shapes, names, words and spelling with this simple rainbow words activity ideal for use with different age groups.
Make Rainbows With Candies
Lastly, why not explore a little science with some rainbow candies from Gift of Curiosity.
Rainbow Recipes to Cook with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Make some delicious rainbow m&m cookies with homemade cookie dough.
100% Fruit Rainbow Ice Lollies
Healthy and delicious these Rainbow Ice Pops are amazing with 100% fruit and no artificial colours or ingredients.
Rainbow Play Ideas
Rainbow Themed Sensory Bins
Rainbow makes a great sensory experience combine this into a sensory bin and you have a fabulous rainbow sensory bin with plenty of ideas for playing with it from Little Bins for Little Hands. Taking it a little further the rainbow pasta and rice on the sensory table at teaching 2 and 3-year-olds were used in the art.
Colourful Rainbow Rice
Find out more about Rainbow Rice with our ideas and watch your child explore this taste safe sensory bin play.
DIY Rainbow Board Game to Play
Get creative together and create your own rainbow board game to play with the kids.
Rainbow Printable Domino Game
Download and play our Rainbow Domino Game – perfect for some springtime learning of colours and family fun.
Rainbow Music & Dance
Combining music and movement this rainbow musical shaker from My Little 3 and me will get your kids moving and if you combine it with this rainbow dancing ring from Buggy and Buddy you can have a colourful session keeping those kids moving indoors when it’s raining or snowing outside.
More Spring and Rainbow Themed Crafts and Activities for Tots
- Combine these activities with these nursery rhymes to sing together during spring.
- Go hopping mad with these Frog and Tadpole Crafts and Activities
- Celebrate Easter with our Easy Easter Crafts for Toddlers
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.