Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

With temperatures back down in the 30s this week in Southeast Michigan, we were in desperate need of Spring around here. I can’t control the weather, but we could bring a little springtime cheer indoors with a little kindergarten rainbow art in my classroom. We used the opportunity to refine our sentence writing conventions too and the finished project couldn’t be any more perfect!

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Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

Here’s a quick look at the supplies I used to create this project:

Creating the Rainbows

I love this project because it’s large-scale makes a big decorative impact. And students love creating any artwork that’s larger than an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper. I used 12×18″ sheets of white construction paper and traced a giant rainbow on each one. From there, it was time to paint! When I did previous kindergarten rainbow art projects, I used traditional tempera paint, but this time around I tried something different. I recently received a 12-pack of Kwik Stix and was curious to give them a try. Why? Because each 4″ stick is packed with solid tempera paint. I know, I was skeptical too and really nervous about how much paint each stick could possibly contain.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

When I was ready to begin, I called students up to see me two at a time and handed them a paint stick. Kwik Stix claim to be mess-free and dry in 90 seconds, but I didn’t want to take any chances… I had my students put on their paint shirts just in case. That turned out to be a waste of energy. We didn’t get one bit of pant anywhere except on the paper. it was so refreshing to have a completely mess-free painting experience !

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

Each Kwik Stix tube looked like a glue stick and was sort of a cross between a bingo dotter and an oil pastel. The paints went on smoothly and easily.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

My students loved using the Kwik Stix too and used them so responsibly.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

Once the “painting” process was complete, it was time to cut the rainbows out. This wasn’t an issue because every bit of paint from those little Kwik Stix dried in 90 seconds! I’ve never seen a painting project dry so fast in my whole life!

The children carefully cut to remove the white trim from their rainbow paintings.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

The painted rainbows were a work of art all by themselves, but we still had more work to do.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

I traced the outline of a cloud onto sheets 9×12″ sheets of white construction paper and had each child “paint” the lines black, then use scissors to cut the clouds out.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence WritingKindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence WritingKindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

Once the clouds were complete, we glued them onto the bottom of each end of the rainbow.

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Rainbow Sentence Writing

The art project was finally complete, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work on sentence writing. I gave each child a sentence strip and the writing prompt “My favorite color is …”.

Each child used a pencil to write the sentence and add the name of their favorite color.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

The spaceman tool from Really Good Stuff is so helpful for helping children put spaces between their words! I looked over each sentence to check for proper capitalization, spaces, punctuation and sight word spellings. Then each child traced their words with a black marker (the color word was traced in the corresponding marker color).

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

Once the sentences were complete, I mounted each one on a 4″ tall strip of black construction paper. I used a little scotch tape and fishing line to suspend the sentence under the two clouds of each child’s rainbow.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

The finished kindergarten rainbow art project was perfect and oh-so-sweet.

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

I even had one child that could not decide on just one favorite color, which was ok with me. It was extra writing practice!

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

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I created free cloud and rainbow templates that you can use to easily duplicate this activity in your own classroom.  Enter your email below, then check your inbox to download your free Rainbow Painting template and printable instructions.

 

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. Do you think that a classroom of 20 or more kids, these would last a project? I think they are amazing, but just concerned about how long they would last. I do love the idea of how fast they dry! 🙂

    1. That’s a really good question. My 8 kids left a substantial amount of paint left in the tubes. I can’t guarantee it, but I think it might be possible to do 20 rainbows with a single pack. Especially since there are 2 color options for red, green and blue

  2. These are adorable, I’m going to order them to use with my kids at home. I LOVE to see happy artwork in classrooms, it makes such a difference!

  3. I love this idea! I teach a color unit each year and I am saving this post so I can remember this project for next year! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Michelle

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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