Rainbow Art for Kids Using Oil Pastels and Watercolors

With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to make some rainbow art for kids. All you’ll need is some oil pastels, some watercolor paints, and some kids ready to create!

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Rainbow Art for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy


We’ve had quite a few rain showers and have been searching those rainy skies for rainbows. We haven’t found our first rainbow of the year yet, so why not create our own! (This post contains affiliate links.)

The kids are becoming pros at using watercolors and oil pastels since those seem to be our art materials of choice lately, so we got them out and used them to make our rainbows! (We used the same materials to make our Watercolor Flowers recently. Be sure to check them out!)


Rainbow Art for Kids

Materials for Rainbow Art for Kids

Directions for Making Rainbow Art for Kids

1. Use your oil pastels to draw a rainbow on your watercolor paper.

2. Paint the entire piece of paper with blue watercolors.


oil pastel and watercolor rainbow


3. Once your paint has dried, pull apart some cotton balls and glue them on the sides of your rainbow to make clouds.


cotton ball clouds on rainbow


4. Hang your artwork to decorate your home or classroom for spring!


Rainbow Art for Kids- Buggy and Buddy


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Rainbow Art Project for Kids using oil pastels, watercolor paint, and cotton balls! Easy craft for preschool, kindergarten, and on up for a weather unit, for spring, or for St. Patrick's Day! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. I like the puffy and soft cotton clouds! This picture reminds me of a cut-out rainbow picture I made a little while ago– https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=594762653931905&set=a.135118709896304.33726.135111629897012&type=1&stream_ref=10

  2. I love how cheerful it is, and it also gives exposure to different media. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  3. We love rainbows too! You just can’t help but smile when drawing and painting rainbows. Love the fluffy clouds too!

  4. Rainbows are fun to create and the beauty of a rainbow always brings a smile to my face.

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  5. This is such a cute and simple art idea for kids. Thanks for sharing with Mom’s Library this week. I have featured this rainbow craft at Pounds4Pennies this week!


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