Watercolor Rainbows

Children will paint rainbows using watercolor paint.

By Gena Becerra [Gena is a teacher at April Lane School, Yuba City CA]

What You Need:

  • watercolor paints (or tempera)
  • white paper
  • salt (optional)
  • black markers (optional)

What You Do:

  • Talk about rainbows. Refer to the “More Information” link below for tips.
  • The colors in a rainbow are:
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet

A good way to remember this order is to remember the name: ROY G. BIV

  • Paint the arches of a rainbow in the correct color order.
  • Add clouds at the ends of each rainbow.
  • Optional: the rainbow can be outlined with black marker.
  • OPTIONAL: If using watercolor, while the paint is still wet, you can sprinkle some salt on the rainbow and the colors will run together. Then, when the paint dries, the salt can be rubbed gently off the paper.
  • This is a good lesson for teaching children how colors blend to make new colors.

Rainbow Painting

How are rainbows formed? Find out HERE.