Rainbow Sponge Painting is Super Cool!


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.

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!

Henry is 3.5 years old.

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  1. Deborah says

    Well done on the bracelet and reading Henry!! I sure wish Henry could come to my preschool – I bet the kids in my class would think he is awesome!

  2. kids creative chaos says

    Awesome! Years ago, I paid $20 plus shipping for something like this that was on t.v. Amanda will love this ~ it looks good and messy :-)

  3. Karen says

    Love the sponge rainbow!!!!!

    I have been thinking about rainbows too recently. After I did an activity painting with light, I thought about how much fun it would be to do that with many lights, the colors of the rainbow. Let's see, it would take 6 flashlights, covered with ROYGBV gels. I'll bet 3 children could do it together – one standing, one kneeling, and one sitting and each with one flashlight in each hand.

    I smell a St Patrick's Day project! : )

  4. Maureen says

    Thanks for crediting my blog – I love that you used a pizza pan for the paints – it looks like an artists palette.
    We are going to try to paint rainbows with a pendulum this year.

  5. RedTedArt says

    Ooh what fun! I bet that felt like MAGIC! Beautiful. Rainbows are just so lovely.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. andie jaye says

    this is so fun… i wonder if i have any sponges? am adding this link to my post for today to give me readers some more rainbow resources.

  7. The Monko says

    8 books is 8 more than some kids will have read in January – Go Henry. Loving the Rainbow Painting, i think i will be trying that tomorrow

  8. Stacy of KSW says

    thanks Jamie! We're having a rainbow unicorn ninja party on Sunday and I think this would be an A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! party activity. I think we'll paint on a big tarp in the yard :) Fun

  9. Vicky says

    This is just one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. You can bet I am going to try it. Just pinned this great idea! Vicky from Mess For Less

  10. TheBoyandMe says

    This is fab, I’m going to invest in some more rainbow colours over the weekend and then try this with The Boy. Thanks for this, I’ve pinned it, hope that’s ok? (url included in pin)

    • Jamie says

      Perfectly great that you pinned it! I love to have my posts pinned as long as they’re linked back to the right post (not the homepage). Thanks! Would love to see/hear how it goes with The Boy!

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