Toddler Rainbow Craft with Colorful Yarn: Create a Rainbow to Learn Colors

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This rainbow craft is a great way to teach and reinforce color names. You can even use them to begin teaching color words. A great way to introduce this craft is to read the book, Bunny’s Rainbow Day by Monica Wellington to your class.


  • Yarn in various colors
  • Cotton balls
  • Blue construction paper (9 x 12)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bowls
  • Color words (optional)

Procedure for Rainbow Craft

Before you do this craft with your class, cut out two or three pieces of each color of yarn for every student in your class. This is what you will use to make the rainbow. If you are going to have your students glue on color words, print them out beforehand in colored ink if possible. For example, print the word red in red ink.

Pass out the blue construction paper to your toddler class. The blue construction paper will represent the sky. Pass out the bowls of glue and cotton balls. Have your students decide where they want to place the “clouds.” Then, have them dip the cotton balls into the glue and place the cotton ball “clouds” onto their construction paper.

Next, pass out the yarn to your class. Talk about what each color of yarn is as you pass it out. For best results, pass out one color at a time to keep your toddlers from feeling overwhelmed. Have them dip the yarn into the bowl of glue and squeeze out the extra liquid. Then, have them place the first color of the rainbow onto the construction paper.

When they finish with one color, give them another color to glue onto the construction paper. It is up to you if you want them to do a traditional rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Or, you can let them choose where to place their yarn.

If you have a class of older toddlers, this craft is a great way to introduce color words. Pass out the color words and have your students glue them on beside that color of their rainbow. It is up to you whether or not to cut the color words out or let your class do it.

This craft is great to put up in the hallway. It also makes a great bulletin board display. The title for this bulletin board could be, “The Colors in the Rainbow.” If you are doing this with a small group of toddlers at a play date, put this up on the refrigerator or turn it into a greeting card.

Need more ideas? Read about more activities involving colors and rainbows.