With rain in the forecast and St. Patrick’s Day in the near future now is the perfect time to make a rainbow craft with the kids. This adorable pop up paper plate rainbow is easy to make and I even have a tip to show you how even the smallest of kids can make a rainbow without a big muddy mess of paint. I know you are probably thinking you will need 7 colors of paint, 7 paintbrushes, and a lot of patience but that is not the case today :).
Have you ever used Rainbow Crayons? (We received the rainbow crayons from Oriental Trading Co. for free in order to design this craft to share). I remember using them as a kid and I have to tell you they are just as fun to use as an adult–maybe even more fun because I got to watch my kid’s excitement as they drew a rainbow in one easy swipe across the paper. Using the crayons isn’t necessary, but it sure kept craft time simple and frustration free.
Previous attempts at painting rainbows made Little Dragon (my preschooler) upset because the colors would get too mixed up so when he used the rainbow crayons and didn’t have to worry about painting carefully he loved making this craft and I hope that your kiddos do too!
Click photos: Affiliate links to more information on these books we love!
Pop Up Paper Plate Rainbow Craft
Rainbow Crayons (Click to visit Oriental Trading Co. to find out more information)
Kendall/Covidien Prepping Cotton Ball, 500 CountCrayola Tempera Washable Paint 32-Ounce Plastic Squeeze Bottle, BlueNicole Home Collection 100 Count Everyday Dinnerware Paper Plate, 9-Inch, WhiteElmer’s Liquid School Glue, Washable, 4 Ounces, 1 CountDreampark 2 Pack Children Art Smock Kids Art Aprons with Waterproof Long Sleeve 3 Roomy Pockets , Ages 2-6 , Red and Blue (Paints and Brushes not included)
To make the rainbow arch fold the paper plate in half. Cut out a semi circle out of the middle of the paper plate. (I did this part for my kid’s. because cutting inside the paper plate can be a bit tricky for little hands to do.)
Have child use their rainbow crayon to color the arch.
Have child paint the bottom portion of their paper plate blue for the sky and glue on cotton balls to make clouds for the sky. Set craft aside to dry.
Fold the rainbow so it is popping up, and place somewhere to display. Ours our currently on top of our cubbies waiting for St. Patrick’s Day.
Enjoying this post? Be sure to join our e-mail subscribers: Click Here for More Information
See all our: Weather Crafts & Activities here
See all our St. Patrick’s Day activities here
Thanks for crafting with us today. If you enjoyed this idea please pin & share it with others so they can enjoy it too! Love, Katie & the Kiddos