Colin’s Surprise and a Rainbow Craft

As we pulled into our driveway at Camp tonight after work, Colin was the first to spot the beautiful rainbow shining brilliantly over the lake. Colin loves rainbows, and still clearly remembers when he saw his first one. He was about 2 1/2 years old at the time, the same age that Owen is now.

“Look Mommy! A rainbow! A rainbow!”

“Yes, I see it! It’s pretty.”

“God must give rainbow surprises to little boys who had a good first day of school.”

“Yes, Colin. Little boys just like you!”

A few days later with the rainbow still on his mind, Colin asked if we could do a rainbow craft.

You’ll need:

  • cotton balls
  • light blue construction paper
  • white construction paper
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • acrylic paint (red, orange, yellow, green and blue)

1) Draw a simple rainbow with crayons on the white paper to use as a guide.

2) Dip cotton balls into acrylic paint and place them onto the matching color.

“Sometimes kids just need to get messy.”


3) Continue placing paint coated cotton balls onto the paper until the rainbow is complete.

4) When finished, leave the artwork in a sunny or warm spot to dry completely.

5) When the rainbow is dry, cut it out and paste it onto the light blue construction paper. Hang the artwork inside of your home and admire it daily. It is guaranteed to make you smile!

“Rainbows mean something wonderful is going to happen.”


7 thoughts on “Colin’s Surprise and a Rainbow Craft

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  2. I absolutely love this idea and have just shown my 2 1/2 year old your pictures before we made our own version. I can honestly say it is the best piece of art she has ever done with minimum support from me. She especially loved how messy it was! Thank you so much for sharing. I have added a picture here and linked to your blog. I hope this is ok with you! 🙂

  3. oh i love these! how cool…the texture of the cottonballs is so different and the process of the dipping? this would be perfect for hte preschoolers i work with. thank you!

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