Construction Paper Rainbow Activity

We all know children love to cut paper and once they master the skill, they start to cut everything possible. In this activity, kids will promote dexterity and creativity, while learning about colors and rainbows.

This fun craft promotes creativity, curiosity and dexterity – while learning all about rainbows!

This is a great activity to spark creativity and practice fine motor skills! In this rainbow construction paper activity kids will create their own rainbow using colored construction paper and cotton balls. 

Feel free to kick off this activity by reading a book about rainbows to inspire curiosity around colors and rainbows. 

Some of our favourite books about rainbows include:

  • What Makes a Rainbow: fun board book that teaches kiddos about colors. Each page has a different color and ‘magic ribbon’. 
  • Chasing Rainbows: this Dr. Seuss book tells the story of Sally and Nick who want to paint rainbows, don’t know what colors to use, or what order to put the colors.
  • Rainbow and You: In this book you’ll join the Rainbow Patrol to learn all about how rainbows work.

🌈 Where do rainbows come from? Rainbows are created when light shines through water (most popularly when the sun shines through the rain). The light is then bent and reflected which creates all of the amazing colors you see. 

🌟 What makes rainbows special? Since what you see depends on how the light is being bent, no two people see the exact same rainbow.

🎨 What colors are rainbows made up of? Rainbows are made up of all seven colors that come from light – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.


For this curve cutting activity you’ll need:

  • Construction Paper – 1 sheet of each: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  • Scissors
  • White Glue
  • 8 Cotton Balls
  • Optional: A Book About Rainbows


Step 1:

Gather the kids around the table and lay out the colored construction paper. Point at and get them to name each color.

Step 2:

Get them to cut a strip of each color of paper. Some hand over hand might be required. 

Step 3:

Help them glue together the bottom corner of the strips in the order of the colors of the rainbow (on one side). They should be a bit angled.

Step 4:

Help them glue 4 cotton balls on the outside and 4 on the inside of where the paper strips come together.

Depending on their age, you might want to glue the first one yourself and get them to mimic – or you use hand over hand to guide them. 

Step 5:

Get them to glue together the other end of the strips, slightly overlapping each color (it helps to go one by one)

Step 6:

Help them glue 4 cotton balls on the outside and 4 on the inside of where the paper strips come together.

Step 7:

Glue the rainbow down to the leftovers from the green piece of paper to make grass. (make sure both ends of the rainbow are close enough together to make a good arc).

✂️ How do I adapt this exercise for younger kiddos? Some hand over hand might be required depending on the age of your kids.

Another tip for younger kiddos is to pre-cut the rainbow pieces and just get them to help with the assembly. 

🖌️ It’s up to you how creative you want this activity to be! With older kiddos, feel free to also let them make their own rainbows with their own combination of colors.