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Recycled Rainbow Art

by on Sep 10th, 2010

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I’m pretty sure any child who went through preschool has tried making a rainbow in one way or another. And I’m pretty sure every preschool teacher has also tried making a rainbow in one way or another! So this time, to try something new, we decided to make a rainbow as a group instead of individually!
We assigned each child to bring a specific color to make the rainbow whole. Since we were on the topic of squares, we also asked them to bring these cut-outs/patches in square shapes! It became another sensory activity as each child brought squares in different sizes and textures! There were sandpapers, cellophane, plastics, foam paper and more! Not only are they learning, but they’re also recycling!


What you need:

  • A large canvass of a rainbow, big enough for your whole class
  • Colors of the rainbow in different sizes and textures (The color indigo became a little difficult for us to decipher though)

After preparing the materials, just give them to the children and let them glue away! This activity helps them with color recognition and sorting! After they’re done, just cut out the excess part and display it on your classroom wall. This was the first time a child told me he didn’t want to do it anymore because he was tired.. aww.. :)



The finished product:


Have fun creating your own rainbows! It would help brighten up your classroom for sure!


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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