Inspired by all the beautiful colors of Autumn, we made this rainbow using paper painted with nature - leaves and pinecones. Such a fun process art project!

Start with:

  • Cardstock
  • Paint
  • 1 inch Paper Punch
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Leaves and Pinecones

Create it!:

Step 1: Select a variety of leaves and pinecones to use for painting the cardstock.

Step 2: Use the leaves and pinecones as paintbrushes to paint the cardstock. Allow it to dry.

Step 3: Punch holes (recommended for adults) into the painted cardstock.

Step 4: Arrange and glue the painted circles in a rainbow pattern with rows of red, orange and yellow on cardboard.

Step 5: Cut the cardboard into a rainbow shape.

Such a fun process - a nature find, painting with pinecones and leaves and using the patterns to create a unique rainbow!


This rainbow threading with play dough and pipe cleaners is a sensory experience as well as fine motor skills practice. And, it is so simple to set up!

Start with:

  • Play dough
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Beads
  • Scissors, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Make two balls of equal size out of play dough.

Step 2: If you would like to pre-cut the pipe cleaners, snip so each color after red in the rainbow is a bit shorter. Or, feel free to just bend the pipe cleaner at each end after Step 3 to make them shorter prior to placing in play dough.

Step 3: Have your little one thread the beads of the same color on each of the pipe cleaners.

Step 4: Place each end of the pipe cleaner into the play dough balls to build the rainbow sculpture!

These are so fun to make in a group to see all of the beautiful variations of rainbows!

DIY this fun rainbow shapes puzzle - made from cardboard - and just add blocks! Super simple to make for your child and a great way for them to work on recognizing shapes.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or Box Cutter  (for adult use)
  • Glue
  • Pen or Marker
  • Blocks

Step 1: Cut two identical pieces of cardboard.

Step 2: Cut some small squares of cardboard. These will be used to create a space between the two larger pieces of cardboard.

Step 3: Glue two cardboard squares to each corner of one of the bigger pieces of cardboard.

Step 4: Trace the shapes on the remaining large piece of cardboard.

Step 5: Carefully cut out the shapes from the large piece of cardboard.

Step 6: Glue the piece of cardboard with shapes cut out to the top of the other piece of cardboard.

Step 7: Have your child place the blocks on the puzzle!

Discuss shapes and colors together as your child enjoys the puzzle!

This rainbow is perfect for working on labeling shapes - each row of the rainbow has a different set of shapes!

Start with:

  • Paper Plate
  • Cardstock in Colors of Rainbow
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a paper plate in half.

Step 2: From cardstock, cut a variety of shapes - circles, half circles, squares, triangles, rectangles - each from a separate color.

Step 3: Glue the shapes into rows on the paper plate to create a rainbow of shapes!

Discuss the different shapes, sort them by shape and color before gluing onto the paper plate. A fun and colorful way to work on shape recognition!