I remember when I was a child I would get so excited every time I saw a rainbow. It felt magical and I considered myself lucky every time I saw one. Even as a grown up, I still love all things with rainbows. So when my daughters got obsessed with rainbows I wasn’t a bit surprised. It’s just one of those things that kids love!
I am a stay-at-home so I need to keeps my kid busy and I love making activities inspired from their interests so during a rainy day we decided to make rainbow wands.
What I love about this craft is that it’s simple to make. I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old and only my 2 year old needing a little help with glueing. Plus since this is a wand it makes for a great toy for pretend play. We have made make believe wands many times and they usually last us quite a while!
When making these wands we usually make 4. Each kid will make one and I will make 2 extra ones so they each get 2 wands each. I love letting the kids get creative so their wants not always end up looking like in the pictures, but that’s okay. It’s all about making the kids happy and letting their creativity flow.
Plus if you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft to make with toddlers and preescholers.
How To Make a Rainbow Wand
- Thick white card stock or cardboard
- Glue and glue gun
- Glitter in rainbow colors
- 12 inch wooden dowels
- Ribbons in rainbow colors
- White paper
Begin by drawing a rainbow shape onto a piece of white paper. You can draw it to any size that you would like to form the base for your wand.
Cut out the rainbow and trace it onto a piece of thick white cardstock or cardboard. Then, cut out the rainbow shape from the white cardboard. If you’re making more than one rainbow wand, repeat the process until you have enough rainbow shapes made out of cardboard.
Use a paintbrush to add on a thin layer of glue to the very inside layer of the rainbow. This will be where you apply the first color of glitter in your rainbow.
Sprinkle red glitter onto the glue on your cardboard rainbow. Knock off the excess and set the rainbow aside for a few minutes to dry.
In between the coats of glitter, use the paint to paint the wooden dowels in stripes of color. You can use the picture below for reference or let your child get creative painting this wooden stick.
Continue to add different layers of glitter to your cardboard rainbows, overlapping the glue onto each layer and creating a new thin layer of glue for the next color of glitter. Repeat this until you have covered the entire cardboard rainbow in glitter, allowing the glitter to dry in between layers.
While you wait for your rainbow glitter to be completely dry, cut different lengths of rainbow colored ribbons.
Once the rainbow glitter is dry, use a glue gun to glue the painted wooden dowel to the back of each glitter rainbow. Then glue the different colored ribbons to the back of each glitter rainbow so that they hang down.
Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry and now your rainbow wand is ready!
Let your kids get creative and play make believe with their magical rainbow wand! Have them run around with the wands so they can see the ribbons “flying”.
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