Activities with Kacey: Rainbows

Summer Activities with Kacey

Activities with Kacey: Rainbows

Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS have been sharing fun and educational activities and mealtime discussion questions for families and child care programs.

The theme of the activities below is “Rainbows.”

To see the latest activities and questions, visit this page or social media!

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The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood understands that activities described on this page and in website links are not suitable for all ages. Ultimately, all activities require adult supervision and are not endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education or Johns Hopkins University.



“Inspire Others with Rainbows” ChallengeFour examples of rainbow art created on paper with paint, stickers and cotton balls

How can you bring people together when they’re apart?

Build a bridge … in the form of a rainbow. People all over the world are creating and displaying rainbows in their windows. The rainbows reflect support and positivity for each other.

Help your children create rainbow art. Use paint, crayons, scraps of paper, pieces of colorful food packaging, tissue paper, cotton balls, or whatever materials you like to make unique rainbows.

Then share your child’s rainbow art on our social media pages with the hashtags #rainbowsofhope #MdEarlyChildhood #MarylandEXCELS #MDEngageEarly

Tag your friends to join the challenge and see how many rainbows you can inspire. 

Mealtime discussion question: What treasure do you wish you could find at the end of a rainbow?


Rainbow Wreath

Let your child have fun painting their hand! Using non-toxic, washable paints, paintbrushes, and paper have each family member paint their hand and press it onto paper. Once the handprints dry, cut them out and tape or glue them to a round cardboard circle or paper plate. Display the wreath on your front door or wherever else you like.

A wreath made from handprints on paper in the colors of the rainbow A wreath made from handprints on paper in the colors of the rainbow.


Building Rainbows

Either you or your child can draw a large rainbow on a piece of paper, allowing space for Legos, pom poms, blocks, or any other colorful objects you can find around your home. Have your child fill in the rainbow by placing their objects along the colorful lines. As your child creates their rainbow, have them start from left to right and discuss the color, shapes, and sizes.

A child places red pom poms on the red stripe of a rainbow that is printed on a sheet of white paper Legos are arranged by color on an outline of a rainbow drawn on paper

Mealtime discussion question: What items could you use to create a rainbow in your room?


A toy dinosaur made from a paper plate and toilet paper rollsRainbow Dinosaurs

Cut a paper plate in half. Your child can paint or color one half of the plate with a rainbow pattern. This half will become the dinosaur’s body. Once the paint is dry, cut a head and tail from the other half of the plate. Make small legs from a paper towel roll. Cut two slits in each roll and slide the body of the dinosaur into the slits. Glue or tape the dinosaur’s head and tail to the body. Your child will have fun playing or creating a story with their new rainbow dinosaur. 

To extend a painting activity for babies:

A baby squishes paint that is covered by plastic wrap.IMPORTANT note: An adult should be present at all times during this activity.

Put small drops of paint on paper. Cover the paper with plastic or place the paper into a resealable bag. Tape all sides of the plastic or bag so the paint doesn’t leak out. Let your baby touch and mix the paint from the outside of the plastic.

Mealtime discussion question: If you had a pet dinosaur, what color would it be and what would it look like?


Rainbow sand pictures

Line a tray with strips of colored paper to make a rainbow pattern. Pour a layer of sand onto the tray. Using a stick, straw, unsharpened pencil, or their finger, your child can write numbers, letters, or their name into the sand. The colors will appear as they move the sand. 

Strips of colored paper are arranged in a rainbow pattern on a tray The numbers one, two and three, and a smiley face are drawn in trays of salt to reveal colors underneath.

Mealtime discussion question: What other things can you make with sand? 


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