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.

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Rainbow Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Make a Rainbow with Torn paper

torn paper rainbow to make with toddlers and preschoolers

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

Confetti Rainbow Picture

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.

Paint a Rainbow

painting rainbows

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.

rainbows crafts for toddlers

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

Work on reinforcing number bonds to 10 with this rainbow lacing activity including free printable lacing rainbow. Perfect for helping with number sense and mental arithmetic by getting hands-on learning of the basic number facts.

Learn some number bonds with this lacing rainbow activity for number bonds to 10.

Rainbow Number Bond Art

Mix art and math to create a rainbow number bonds resource to help kids to quickly identify the number bonds to 10 or 100

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

Rainbow words a simple literacy activity that can be used with children from toddler onwards. Use for pre-writing, letter formation, and spelling practice.

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 activities for preschoolers

Rainbow Recipes to Cook with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Candy Crush Cookies Recipe

Make some delicious rainbow m&m cookies with homemade cookie dough.

100% Fruit Rainbow Ice Lollies

Simple Ice Pop Recipe ideal for summer that kids can make themselves with 3 of their 5 a day included and a sneaky delicious way to get them to eat and enjoy new foods.

Healthy and delicious these Rainbow Ice Pops are amazing with 100% fruit and no artificial colours or ingredients.

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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

sound making with 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

Rainbow Domino Game with Free Printable domino set

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.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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