Dashed lines, dotted lines, zigzags, oh, my! This adorable rainbow drawing activity is bursting with creativity and new vocabulary.
Why we love this rainbow drawing activity for preschoolers
This project is just like what you’ll find at the end of the rainbow: pure gold.
We love exposing our preschoolers to various elements of art, from color and shape to texture and line. This drawing activity is a fantastic opportunity for kids to see different lines and create some of their own.
When doing this activity, prepare to hear, “Look! I made a zigzag line!” and “I am making a dashed line next!” and know you’ll melt into a puddle.
Related: Speaking of lines, the big, bold, black lines on GIANT 10-foot coloring pages are perfect for artists of all ages.
With our FREE printables, you can also try the rainbow drawing activity!
This simple-to-set-up activity uses only the FREE printables, a black permanent marker, and some paints.
Whether you’re working with preschoolers or groups of mixed ages, this activity is perfect for a range of ages and abilities. I have done this with three-year-olds all the way through college-aged students.
Let’s get started making gorgeous rainbow art!
Looking for more rainbow activities? We’ve got you covered!
- Rainbow Sponge Painting Art Project – Friends Art Lab
- Rainbow Salt Writing Tray – Beyond the Playroom
- Rainbow Oobleck – Busy Toddler
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- FREE printables (below)
- Black, permanent marker
- Paints – we use watercolors
Provide each child with both a rainbow outline template + the sheet with different types of lines.
Talk about each line type, discussing how they’re similar, different, and their names (ex: dotted, dashed, scalloped, zigzag, etc.).
Starting with the very top arch, invite your child to pick a line style and draw it in the arch.
Note: This might be a good opportunity to model drawing a line from beginning to end in an arch for kids who may not be used to drawing this way. If modeling, make sure to reiterate that they don’t have to make the same type of line as you.
Once all the arches have lines, invite your artists to paint their rainbows in. We like using watercolors because they’re transparent and allow you to see the black lines underneath still.
Oh, you want to get extra fancy?!
We get it! More is more, friends. 😂
We have two lovely ideas for how to fancify your art:
- Cut out and glue onto a background: How adorable does this look cut out and mounted on blue paper? Not only does it look cute, but it’s also a bonus step that invites kids to practice their scissor skills.
- Add cotton ball clouds: If there’s an opportunity to add cotton ball clouds to a rainbow art project, we’re there! For extra fine motor, invite your child to gently pull and stretch the cotton balls to widen them before gluing them onto the paper.
How do you make a simple rainbow?
Technically, there are an infinite number of colors in a rainbow. (Crazy cool, huh?)
Often though, depending on who you ask, some people will tell you there are six colors in a rainbow, and others will tell you there are seven. We usually do a six-color rainbow for most of our rainbow activities, but the template here has seven to be a little more technical.
6-color rainbow: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (when you see rainbow products, they usually have these colors)
7-color rainbow: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (often referred to by the acronym ROY G BIV)
Because there’s no right or wrong way to create this project, have fun with the colors you use! For example, I love making 7-color rainbows with light green & dark green.
Print off some extras because your kids will love this rainbow drawing activity
And join in yourself, too!
This project is fun, open-ended, and beautiful. We love how many ways these can be created and how all pieces are unique.
Alyssa Davis says
I just want to say you guys are awesome! I have followed you for years from when my son was preschool age here in GA. He’s 9 and I STILL follow because you and your mom spark JOY every day!!! As a former teacher, I also fully appreciate the amount of effort put into your endeavors. I know how hard it can be!! Thank you for everything!!