Mess Free Rainbow Activity for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

If you’re putting together a Rainbow or Exploring Weather for Kids theme, here’s a really versatile idea to get you started. This Mess Free Rainbow Activity for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers is quick and easy and it appeals to a wide variety of ages. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

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We’re back again with more Bubbles, Boats and Floats fun! This week’s favorite was the Mess Free Rainbow Activity for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers.

toddler pressing on rainbow sensory bag
The focus this week was Wonderful Water and we’ve exploring topics such as Water Cycle, Rainbow, States of Water, Drinking Water, and Water Conservation. 

A rainbow is a multicolored arc. It is created when light shines through water. They are made up of seven colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. 

children sitting on the floor exploring rainbow sensory bags
This one definitely appeals to a wide variety of ages. The little guy and baby girl were equally interested. And you know what? They both spent quite a bit of time exploring their rainbow bags. I know for sure that baby girl was really excited to get her hands on one of these. 

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

Mess Free Rainbow Activity for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Set Up

  • Squeeze rainbow colors of paint into clear zip bags. 
  • Encourage children to explore mixing and spreading the colors. 

Big Questions

  • When might you see a rainbow? 
  • What colors do you see in a rainbow? 
  • What happens if the colors mix? 

I set up these rainbow bags, one for each of the little kids and put them on a tray on the floor. I wanted baby girl to be able to play on her own terms.

two children sitting on the floor pressing on rainbow sensory bags
They both started exploring their rainbow bags on the trays, but it wasn’t too long before they ended up on floor playing with each other’s instead of their own.  

baby sitting on the floor looking at rainbow sensory bag
One of the best parts of being a mama to be more than one is watching how your little kids interact. He is so protective and so attentive to her and she adores him more than you could ever imagine. It’s truly a beautiful thing to see. 

I just stood there, watching and taking pictures. I pretty much let him teach. And of course he did. “Look, Missy (his nickname for her)… This is how you do it. Look at all the different colors…”

two children sitting on the floor exploring rainbow sensory bags on plastic tray
When you have a toddler and a preschooler, you need to adapt. For her, this activity was mostly a sensory experience. For him, it was about the beauty of nature, rainbows, and color mixing. 

According to the little guy, “You might see a rainbow after it rains. It’ll be a big, colorful rainbow.” 

two young children exploring rainbow sensory bags
“When colors mix, they make new colors. Like brown.” Yep! We seem to get lots of brown around here. Lol… 

As a homeschool mama, there is nothing that’s more important to me than instilling a love of learning and thus far I think this curriculum has done an amazing job of accomplishing exactly that. 

baby and preschooler exploring rainbow sensory bags
If you ask the little guy right now, he’ll tell you that he loves homeschool and he loves being together. And more often than not, she’s starting to interject herself into our preschool activities.

He is so willing to make every effort to include her in whatever he might be doing. It makes my heart so happy to see them growing and learning together. 

baby exploring rainbow sensory bag on floor
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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