April 12, 2013

Painting a Spring Rainbow

Painting a Spring Rainbow

This colorful rainbow painting was made with tempera paint spread on card stock with a sponge.

Spring has finally arrived in Kentucky.  Leaves are growing, flowers are blooming, and the wind has softened its temperature, bringing spring rain.  Calvin and I are on the lookout for a rainbow. We haven't seen one yet, so we decided to paint one. 


  • Calvin got our paint ready while I wet two sponges with a little water squeezed out well.

  • We covered the sponges with little puddles of paint: blue, red, green, and yellow.

  •  When it was time to paint, Calvin knew what to do.  He had wiped the table during clean up, and this was very similar.  As he moved the sponge, he spread paint around the paper. 

  • When one sponge was exhausted of paint, I gave Calvin the second one.  (I prepared two sponges so we didn't have to break the painting rhythm while I reloaded a sponge with paint.)

  • We had so much fun.  We painted two more.

  • Calvin and I really enjoyed painting these rainbows.  Now it's Mother Nature's turn to paint her rainbow.

Extend the Activity:

  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a long time favorite of mine.  Ms. Ehlert is a master at collage illustrations.  Each flower in this book is a hand crafted gem.

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  • The Rainbow Fish (Board Book) by Marcus Pfister is a cute story about a little fish who learns where to find happiness.

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Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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