Is there anything better than seeing a rainbow appear after a storm? These free printable rainbow coloring pages are the perfect companion to learning about rainbows, light, and prisms.
Kids of all ages will enjoy these fun coloring pages!
Rainbow coloring sheets are a great way for kids to practice fine motor skills and color recognition.
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Beautiful Rainbow Coloring Pages
The first set of free printables have an image of a large rainbow. Underneath is the word rainbow written in bubble letters.
One of the printables includes several water droplets to remind kids how rainbow patterns appear in the sky.
Coloring pages are a fun stand alone activity or a great extension to seeing one in real life. Pair these with a book about weather or a unit on light and prisms.
A fun way to practice letter sense along with coloring. Kids can use their imagination to pick out the colors or use a children's book about rainbows to find out the order of the colors of the rainbow.
Collection of Rainbows of Different Sizes
These free printable coloring pages are a great way to get little kids practicing scissor skills. Cut out the small rainbows and use them for all sorts of craft projects.
DIY rainbow themed magnets, rainbow bunting banners, or even small rainbow cards. Leave it up to your child's imagination to turn these coloring sheets into a fun craft project!
Stick with the traditional rainbow colors, ROY G BIV or let your kids get creative and use different colors.
The word rainbow written in bubble letters is included on one of the printable coloring pages in case kids want to create a collage of images and text.
Draw Your Own Rainbow Printables
These are probably my favorite because kids can draw their own rainbow pictures. Use finger paints or other coloring supplies to create a rainbow.
Helpful Tip: Print coloring pages off onto cardstock instead of regular printer paper to create a sturdier sheet for painting.
A great way for little kids and older children to practice drawing skills. Use ROY G. BIV, the colors of the rainbow or give them the freedom to create their own combination.
Draw a pretty scene at the end of the rainbow along with birds flying in the sky. It would be so much fun to see different kids interpretations of rainbows. A great way to cheer up a rainy day!
Children can use a variety of art supplies to color the pictures.
- Watercolor Paint
- Colored Pencils
- Fine Point Markers
- Oil Pastels
Rainbow Learning Resources
An easy way to integrate science education is to pair coloring pages with learning resources.
Make sure to check out the guides, books, and websites for more information on weather and rainbows.
Rainbow learning resources can be found at the bottom of this post.
Double Rainbow Coloring Pages
Use these free printable sheets to color double rainbows. Kids of all ages would have fun cutting them out and using them for an art project.
Make pretty rainbow cards or simply have them use their favorite colors to decorate the sheets.
Handwriting Practice Coloring Pages
Perfect for young learners, this free rainbow coloring page includes a space for small children to write the word rainbow.
Instead of rainbow they could write down one of the seven colors of a rainbow on the lines.
Create a Rainbow with a Prism
This coloring page is prefect to pair with a lesson about how rainbows are made.
Kids can see that sunlight or white light can be divided into different colors. ROYGBIV written on the coloring page along with the word white light.
Did you know that you can not actually see the end of a rainbow? A rainbow is an optical illusion.
If you move to a different location to view a rainbow, it will look like the rainbow has also moved locations.
Science Guides and Books about Weather
- The Cloud Book by R. Hamblyn: Not only does this guide book show images with information about clouds, but it includes other weather related optical phenomena. This was always one of my student's favorite books.
- Light Makes a Rainbow by S. Coan: this science reader is designed for ages 5-8 and provides photographs along with how a rainbow forms. Perfect introduction to rainbows and science specific vocabulary.
- Rainbows by M. Hillman Rustad: Part of the Amazing Sights in the Sky Series for young readers ages 4-8. Information about how and why rainbows form.
- Types of Clouds Printables, Worksheets, and Activities: Free Lessons and Inspiration for Kids Pre-k through Middle School
These free rainbow printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home or classroom. All of these free printable rainbow coloring pages are for non-commercial use. See full disclosure. Have questions, send me an email at julie (at) natureinspiredlearning (dot) com.