Rainbow Sensory Collage

Rainbow sensory collage activity for St. Patty's Day

Today’s rainbow sensory collage explores tactile sensations, loose materials, cutting, and fine motor.  Our colorful sensory activity for preschoolers is easy to set-up and encourages self-exploration.  Last week we kicked off our St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids with green shamrock foam dough.


For the purposes of teaching a child, I left out the indigo.  Ironically, C comes home from preschool and says, “Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet … those are the colors of the rainbow!” “Hey! Where’s the indigo Mommy?”  That will teach me, right?!

rainbow colored sensory materials

Have your child collect objects in various textures, sizes, shapes, in the 7 colors [minus indigo + white for clouds] of the rainbow.  After going on a sensory exploration, he chose pom-poms, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, colored goggle-eyes, buttons, felt, string, sequins, tool, recycled colored pasta, and beaded necklaces.  Once he chose his loose materials, I arranged them inside a wooden tray by color order.

child adding glue to rainbow sensory collage

C started with the red, moving the sensory materials all around, then adding glue.  He really enjoyed our heart sensory collage activity, so I thought he’d enjoy a rainbow collage. You could always just explore the loose material and discuss colors too, instead of gluing.

child making a rainbow collage from loose materials

Once he realized there were beads, he immediately stopped and proceeded to cut the beads! Bead activities are great for cutting practice andboosting fine motor skills.  We scored an 8-pack of colored beads from the Dollar Store.  Now is a great time to stock up with Mardi Gras this month.

rainbow art project with sensory tray

Easy rainbow crafts for kids, right? He continued to add different materials and identify the colors of the rainbow.  We also discussed textures and sizes of the materials. How do they differ? Are they soft? What shapes and colors do you see? Is this bigger and smaller?

paper cloudsAs a final touch, we added white party bag filler for the clouds.  He wanted the color names visible, but you could fill the entire rainbow as well.

colors of the rainbow collage

This invitation to create with sensory materials is engaging and explores simple play based learning.  Looking for more sensory crafts and activities?

Rainbow sensory art collage with printable by Crayon Box Chronicles

Here’s a few of our favorite spring activities:

Melting Insect Sensory Painting

Melting Insect Sensory Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles

Easy Memory Match Coin Game for Kids

Easy Memory Matching Game For Kids by Crayon Box Chronicles

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22 thoughts on “Rainbow Sensory Collage

  1. Amber says:

    What a great idea! We love sensory play and just started learning about rainbows with my 2 year old 🙂 Thanks for linking it up with Mom’s Library last week! I’m featuring it on this week’s link up 🙂 Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button!


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