Rainbow Sponge Painting is Super Cool!

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I think kids of all ages will think that rainbow sponge painting is super cool! Girls, boys, toddler, preschoolers, grade-schoolers, all of them, this is a fun and magical way to make a rainbow!

I wish I could claim the idea of painting a rainbow with a sponge, but I saw it last year over at Strong Start.

Kids of all ages will think that rainbow sponge painting is super cool! Girls, boys, toddlers, preschoolers, this is a magical way to make a rainbow!

While this is a kid-friendly idea, a lot of the prep needs to be done by an adult, or older child. And prep needs to be redone during the activity as well.

I kind of felt like an artist getting this ready. My pallete (a pizza pan) of paint in rainbow colors!

A pallette of paint to do some rainbow sponge painting

Simply swipe each color, in the order of the rainbow, onto a sponge.

I said the colors as I was doing this to teach Henry the order of the colors in a rainbow. (I had to reapply the colors onto the sponge multiple times.) By the end of the activity, Henry was reciting the rainbow colors in order with me.

And then I let Henry have the rainbow painted sponge and paint in any way he’d like.

Rainbow sponge painting

He filled his paper with rainbows.

Rainbow sponge painting!

It was very colorfully painted, but the one sucky thing about using so many colors is that it turns to muddy brown when they’re mixed together. (That’s why we normally stick to two corresponding colors when we paint.)

Sponge Painting Rainbow Art

By the way. See that bracelet on Henry’s wrist? He got it from his preschool teacher for reading eight books in January. (I find it funny because I forgot to write out our slips for each book we read until the last week of January.) Eight books isn’t many, but Henry is so proud of that bracelet.

Check out the rainbow craft made with Fruity-O’s Henry made last year. And there’s More rainbow activities for preschoolers have been shared by hands on moms and are so colorful!

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  1. Deborah says

    Hi Jamie,
    I think Henry’s rainbows turned out beautiful! We did let the children add their own paint to our sponges as part of the process but of course, our rainbows were just a little muddy in the end too:) But they loved it!

  2. laura oreamuno says

    Maybe we can try having two or three papers for kid and telling them on advance. They can choose on making them all “brownish”or saving one with a rainbow look. I also feel they don´t really care much about the results…:)

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