We’ve been having tons of fun exploring rainbows lately with activities like this one, along with plenty of time spent enjoying the amazing rainbows outside.
One positive aspect of all the rain we have in the Pacific Northwest, is the fact that it tends to lead to some pretty awesome rainbows.
This week, when my 4 year old asked me to draw with him, I decided to introduce a variation of an easy art activity that I did as a child.
The result? A simple way to create rainbow art, that toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy just as much as the older kids.
What we used:
- Easel Paper
I started by taping white paper onto a table. Then, I grabbed the markers and crayons, and Zahir (age 4) helped me put them in the correct order for a rainbow.
I put tape around the center of each set of markers and crayons, to hold them in place.
Zahir was curious, and anxious to get started!
He began to draw, and was amazed at the beautiful rainbows he was able to create.
It was interesting to watch him experiment with various ways of holding the markers.
He quickly learned that different amounts of pressure affected the way the markers worked on the paper.
After creating with the thick markers for awhile, he moved on to the thin markers. He noticed that they created smaller lines, and that he didn’t have to press as hard as with the thicker markers.
Once he was done with the markers, he began using crayons to create rainbows.
Again, he noted the differences, mentioning that the colors weren’t as bright, and that he had to push down much harder than with the markers.
Throughout this activity, Zahir was telling me the most detailed story about a little boy who lives on a rainbow. He went on and on about the little boy’s adventures.
It was fun to listen to, and reminded me just how important art can be for encouraging children to express themselves in a variety of creative ways.
After awhile, he decided he was done with making rainbows, but continued to experiment with all kinds of designs and creations.
Looking for more quick and easy ideas for art exploration? Be sure to check out our Art & Crafts Pinterest board for inspiration.