Are you looking for a fun craft to help teach the colors of the rainbow? This tissue paper rainbow craft solidifies the color and provides a good fine motor activity for small hands!

I love rainbows, they are just so bright and colorful! 

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This rainbow craft has two purposes. One it helps teach your kids the colors of the rainbow (ROY G. BIV!)

And 2, it is a great fine motor activity to work those tiny hand muscles!


crumpled paper rainbow craft


How to Make a Crumpled Tissue Paper Rainbow Craft


To make this rainbow craft you will need:

  • colored tissue paper cut into small squares (you will need all the colors of the rainbow!)
  • A piece of cardstock or cardboard cut in a rainbow shape
  • glue


rainbow colored tissue paper pieces


Since I was working with a young child, I pre-cut my tissue paper. If you want to give your kids some cutting practice, you can let them do that part on their own. 

Give each child a piece of card stock shaped like a rainbow (again, you could let them do the cutting here too).

Draw a line of glue along the outer edge of the rainbow shape. 

This is a good time to discuss the colors of the rainbow. Talk about the acronym ROY G. BIV and what each of those letters represent. 


half done crumpled paper rainbow


Start with the RED colored tissue paper and have your child crumple up the piece into a ball and then stick it on the line of glue. 

This is actually very  hard work for young kids and they can tire out easily. Encourage them to keep trying and working, but you can help them along if you fear they might give up on the project. 

Remember this is your child’s project, encourage him to put the pieces together and in line, but don’t force it. The process is more important than the final product. I have 4 of these rainbows and they all look a little different. And that’s okay. 



Continue your line of red until you reach the other side. Then draw another line of glue right next to the red and have them crumple up the orange paper pieces. 

Continue on this way until you have completed all the colors of the rainbow– red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. 

When your rainbow crafts are done, hang them up in a window for your own personal rainbow!


Rainbow Books to Read Along with this Rainbow Craft


A Rainbow of My Own

Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed)

Planting a Rainbow

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow


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