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 activities.
Rainbow coloring sheets are a great way for kids to practice fine motor skills. Color them in using brightly colored pencils, crayons, markers, or even paint.
Each free printable can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on individual downloadable links.
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- 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.
If you are interested in more learning resources about rainbows and other optical phenomena make sure to check out the resources at the end of this post.
Beautiful Rainbow Coloring Pages
The first set of rainbow 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.
A fun way to practice letter sense along with coloring. Kids can use their imagination to pick out the colors or use a resource 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 them 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.
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.
These pages would be perfect additions to a Nature Journal or Science Notebook!
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, these free rainbow coloring pages include 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.
Make a Rainbow Prism Printables
Looking for a coloring page to go along with a weather unit or lesson on prisms? These coloring sheets are a great way to reinforce how rainbows are made.
In the sky, sunlight shines through water droplets which act like prisms. When light enters a prism, it bends then reflects.
When light leaves the water droplet it is divided into its distinct colors known as wavelengths.
A rainbow will always appear across the sky from where the sun is shining.
Rainbow Learning Resources
An easy way to integrate science education is to pair coloring pages with learning resources. Check out these guides, books, and websites for more information on weather and rainbows.
Science Guides and Books
- The Cloud Book by R. Hamblyn: Not only does this guide book show images with information about clouds, but it includes other weather related 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
- What Causes a Rainbow by NOAA SciJinks: information packed article along with pictures and simple diagrams. Make sure to check out NOAA's rainbow simulator here.
- Rainbows by Britanica Kids: short article all about rainbows.
- Optical Illusions by Weather WizKids: Answers common questions including:
- How do rainbows form, why you can never see the end of a rainbow, along with the answers to other weather questions.
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