More colorful rainbow fun in preschool

Today the prekindergarten class created these colorful rainbows…

They began by drawing lines with markers…

The canvas they used was two sheets of paper towels cut into the shape of a rainbow…

The teacher put a sheet of wax paper under each paper towel rainbow shape so the rainbows could easily be picked up and set aside to dry after they were finished…

After the children finished drawing the lines of their rainbows – then they sprayed the lines with water from a small water bottle…

The children had a tendency to want to hold the water bottle right on top of the paper towel – so the teacher had to remind them to hold the water bottle up a bit. But this was to no avail – they really liked spraying the water as close to the rainbow as they could get:)

As the water landed on the paper towel – the colors of the rainbow began to spread out creating a tie dye effect…

This was a terrific activity and the children just couldn’t wait until they could take a turn to make their own rainbow!

See more rainbow ideas here and be sure to add your preschool rainbow idea to the Rainbow Linky!

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By |2011-03-17T01:34:36+00:00March 17th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rachelle March 17, 2011 at 2:06 am - Reply

    These came out gorgeous, and how appropriate that the kids are using water to make rainbows! My daughter will love this when she’s a bit older.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 17, 2011 at 2:12 am - Reply

      Yes – it is raining a rainbow:) Perhaps that is what I should have titled the blog post! LOL!

  2. Beautiful idea! My daughter is drawing rainbows as I type this! We will try this rainbow on a paper towel idea today! Your rainbow bottle post intrigued her! (Just the pictures) She thought it was her class at her preschool at first!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      LOL – I guess when you just see hands at work in a photo – most preschool classes could look the same:)

  3. Theresa April 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I like to make rainbow toast with the children. Mix a little food color with milk and have them paint the rainbow colors.( I use new brushes) Then to add to the fun we make our own butter. When we toast the bread the colors get brighter and the children love to eat their own creations!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      I love that idea Theresa!

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