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Rainbow sticky art

It’s been raining again (what a surprise for the UK) but because of the sunny days as well we’ve had a few rainbows – so following on from our rainbow painting we decided to get sticky and created a rainbow using paper.

sticky rainbow art

What you need to make a sticky rainbow

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet paper
White PVA Glue
White Card Stock

I also drew a rainbow with some crayons to remind him of the colour sequence.

How you make a sticky rainbow

We searched through my paper folder (I used to make a lot of cards so have a lot of paper) and found some paper of the colours of the rainbow. I then cut it up for him into small squares and we sorted it into colour piles on the table.

Sticking paper squares to make a rainbow
J with his piles of coloured squares to make the rainbow

J has now become proficient at using a glue spatula rather than a brush for gluing and asks for one each time we do gluing. He glued each piece and then put it on the paper.

preschool gluing
J gluing a part of the rainbow

It was interesting to see how J put together the rainbow – instead of putting all red, then orange he did a segment of the rainbow, so red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (although he missed out indigo as told me it was blue sometimes and purple other times) and then moved on to do the next segment.

Sticky Rainbow Art

Cerys Parker

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.


  1. Beautiful! I love all things Rainbow-y and this is another wonderful activity!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  2. Absolutely love this craft. What a gorgeous, simple way to keep a little person entertained πŸ™‚

  3. I like this kind of idea cute for the kids…Thank you for sharing..

  4. What a beautiful rainbow, I think glue spreaders are such a good idea.

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