Rainbows! One of our favorite spring themes and always fun for kids! Today we share with you 33 rainbow sensory play ideas to enjoy with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers!
When we think about spring, we can’t skip talking about rainbows! After all, rainbows are connected to “April showers” and St.Patrick’s day.
Rainbow Sensory Activities for Kids
We collected a number of rainbow sensory activities to work on 5 senses with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Although, older siblings are likely to join in the fun as well!
For many of rainbow activities here, you will need food coloring.
Rainbows for naptime, squishing and tasting
Pop under our Rainbow Umbrella for some colorful sensory play. Your babies are going to love watching rainbow over their heads. Great for a nap time as well.
Have you ever made a soda dough? It has a similar feel to playdough. You can make a big batch of Soda Dough in all the colors of the rainbow.
Sit back and watch without any worries your littlest one get her / his hands stuck into this Taste Safe Sensory Rainbow.
Scented rainbow beans are perfect for sensory, imaginative and creative play time with your kids. Use them as a sensory bin base or make art with them!
Rainbows – fuzzy, cold or transparent?
Prepare a busy bag with a weave a rainbow activity. Awesome tactile activity for fine motor practice!
Fill a sensory bin with ice balls in all the colors of the rainbow and see what happens when they all start to melt together.
Have you used oats for a sensory play before? These rainbow oats would make a great introduction for a sensory material for your child. Add few construction vehicles and they are all ready for play!
Have fun exploring these Rainbow Discovery Bottles over a light table. Or without light table. They will be fun to play with either way!
Sensory rainbows – same colors, different materials
Learn how to dye pasta in all the colors of the rainbow. Depending on the shape of the pasta, you can use them for threading, as a sensory bin base or for crafts.
This Rainbow Sensory Bin is filled with lots of different and interesting textures in all colors of the rainbow for your babies and toddlers to explore.
Make some Mini Rainbow Sensory Bottles for babies to explore visually and roll over the floor as they attempt to crawl.
Rainbows for snack time and play time
Add a super sparkly effect to Rainbow Slime when you add glitter to it. Kids will love it!
Work those fine motor skills and thread a Froot Loop Rainbow. It’s snack time activity!
Enjoy a pretend play session with DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls. You can use them as a figurines in sensory bins for different colors as well.
Explore different texures of the rainbow
Learn how to dye chickpeas for sensory play in all the colors of the rainbow. Their rocky texture will provide lots of fun!
Get hands on with some window art and create a beautiful Rainbow Fish and Elmer the Elephant. Tissue paper has a special texture and working with those thin layers will provide a challenge for little ones.
Use colored pom poms to create a Rainbow Collage. Doesn’t it look amazing? You can glue pom poms on canvas instead of paper and hang it on the playroom’s wall.
Eat your way through this yummy Edible Rainbow Sensory Tray. And, you wouldn’t believe what Emma used to color into an edible rainbow!
Rainbows to eat, roll, squish and see through
Toast is much more fun with a Rainbow Painted on it. Would your child enjoy making, painting and eating such a colorful toast?
Fill a sensory bottle with Rainbow Loom Bands. It’s fun seeing loom bands jumping up and down in the bottle!
Get your hands stuck right into some Rainbow Goop. Good is a tricky non-liquid mater and always peeks child’s interest with it’s solid and liquid texture.
Create a Rainbow Tissue Paper Sun Catcher and hang it in your window to brighted up rainy spring days!
With sensory play child can catch a rainbow
Shake! Shake! Roll! Shake! Make your own music with these Rainbow Musical Shakers.
Set up a Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub for your kids to explore. If you add scissors, it will make an awesome scissor skill practice as well!
Prepare a batch of rainbow moldable sand for beach experience outside summer season! Add few molds or cutters into a bin. Invite kids to dig in!
Water play is always fun for little ones! Especially when you add rainbow soap bubbles inside the water tub! Who wouldn’t want to play?!
For babies and toddlers who always try things with their mouth first, set up a rainbow spaghetti sensory bin.
Rainbow sensory play for babies and toddlers
Have fun making and playing with rainbow foam dough! Let toddlers and preschoolers assist in making it!
Rainbow art can be mess-free with this awesome rainbow sensory bag! Try it with your baby or a toddler.
For future scientists, prepare a rainbow ice excavation activity! They will love melting the ice to free the rainbow.
Paint a rainbow with cars! It’s so much fun, especially if you have few kids to do it together! Makes it great idea for play dates or birthday parties.
What Else Can You Do with Kids in Spring?
- Put together 5 in 1 rainbow busy bag and have it ready when you need something to occupy your child.
- Invite kids for a backyard photo scavenger hunt on a sunny spring day.
- Print free spring coloring pages and let them sit down for some independent play.
- Sit down and read few spring board books to expand child’s vocabulary and learn about changes in nature in spring.