Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings

In my previous post, I shared with you our rainbow weaving. Along with our rainbow weaving, we also explored a simple but extremely beautiful abstract rainbow painting process…

Simple abstract rainbow painting

To prepare for our rainbow painting activity, Mrs. Courtney cut up an oatmeal box into half circles. The oatmeal box is a nice sturdy cardboard that is already shaped round and holds it’s rounded shape when cut apart. So Mrs. Courtney just cut across the box to make circles then in half again to make half circles…

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

Every color of the rainbow was set out on the table along with our rainbow strips of cardboard…

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

The children used the rainbow strips to create their own rainbows by pressing the edge of the cardboard strips into the paint then making a print on their paper…

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

Every rainbow took on it’s own unique style based on what was most interesting to each child…

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

This was so simple to set up that when the children asked if they could make another rainbow the next day, we set it all out again using the same strips from the day before…

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

 I love the abstract look of our rainbows – they are simply beautiful!

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

Simple but beautiful abstract rainbow paintings by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow on

This idea was 100% inspired by Paper Tube Stamping from Makes and Takes

Paper Plate Rainbow from Blog Me Mom

Paper Strip Rainbows from Teach Preschool

 

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Janet T. March 17, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    This isn’t really related to today’s subject, but I noticed, again, that your children use Sharpies for their writing. Can you tell me why you’ve chosen them?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Janet,
      My students choose them for themselves actually. We have out crayons, markers pencils, and other writing tools on the shelves and all of great quality but we also have one basket of sharpies that stay on the teacher cabinet. My students will seek out the sharpies before choosing to write with the other tools – they tend to choose the pencils second. In their journals, we stick with crayons or pencils but for other processes, we let them decide what they want to write with. As long as they take care of them, use them properly (which we talk about), they are given the opportunity to choose them.

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        By the way, you will notice that the children primarily use them for writing their name. When drawing (unless drawing on a material where sharpies just work better), coloring, designing, creating, or doing something a little more involved, we encourage the use of our other writing tools.

  2. Marie March 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    How fun! I LOVE the idea for the oatmeal container, much larger rainbows, double the fun! And thanks for the link love 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      I was hoping you didn’t mind our variation but in planning, we kept in mind your beautiful rainbows and just couldn’t resist!

  3. Mary b March 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Love all the rainbow ideas. Leprechauns ” invaded”our room Thursday night and my little friends were on the hunt on Friday! We had talked about setting traps but didn’t get around to it. After church on Friday, all of my students went to work making leprechaun traps. They had some very good examples and all of them were different. It is so awesome to see their creativity at work!

  4. Cindy B September 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    My 3 year old class made these rainbows today–they came out so lovely! The kids enjoyed printing with the oatmeal box “arches”and they came up with so many beautiful patterns. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas !

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Yay! One of my favorite activities!!

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