I frequently go to Instagram for art inspirations and I have a MAJOR art crush on Friends Art Lab. Their Instagram feed is GORGEOUS and has me considering moving across the country just so my kids can go to her preschool. Her art and sensory activities are TOP NOTCH!
She has inspired this rainbow activity as I absolutely love the effect of the crayons and watercolors together.
No templates needed, just lots of creativity!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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*White Paper

*Water Colors

*Crayons

*Paint Brushes

Water

*Salt

Step #1

Using crayon draw a rainbow. (Some of our Explorers may not be ready for this step yet, so you can draw it for them.)

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
Step #2

Have your Lil’ trace over the lines with watercolors.

  • Red should trace over the red line.
  • Orange over the orange line.
  • Etc.
Step #3
Use blue watercolor to cover all of the white space.
Step #4
Sprinkle salt over the blue to give a bubbly effect.

Teacher Tip

Place tape all around the edges of the paper to serve two purposes.

  1. It keeps the paper from moving while your Lil’ works
  2. It will create a white border around your paper creating a more finished look.

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