What kid doesn’t love colors? Especially when they are eating yummy fruits and vegetables! This rainbow activity at home with kids is a great way to get your kids interested in healthy foods while having fun and enjoying the colors of the rainbow.
You can have so much fun with your kids while doing this activity at home, and really, you’ll both enjoy snacking on all of these healthy treats!
It’s a perfect St. Patty’s Day Activity, or for any time… and falls into the category of what I like to call, a “Snacktivity” because you can play, learn and eat!
Fun and Interactive Rainbow Activities for Kids at Home
Step 1. Print Our FREE Rainbow Activities Printable
As we’ve mentioned before, it’s super easy to add extra fruits and veggies to your kids’ diets. One of our favorite ways is by including them in meals and snacks as often as possible.
But what about those times when you just can’t think of what to do? Try printing out our Rainbow Activity printable and creating a fun fruit and veggie rainbow… that makes eating good-for-your-body foods that much more fun.
If you want to be able to re-use the printable, just laminate it, or place cling wrap over the paper and you’re good to go!
Step 2. Prepare The Rainbow Pieces With Fruits and Veggies
Cut out as many rainbow pieces from colored fruits and veggies as you can — our example has the six main colors of the rainbow, but you could have fewer or more.
Once your rainbow is ready, add the chopped veggies and fruits of various colors to each cup of a cupcake tin or small bows for your little ones to find and match!
Our sample rainbow activity uses carrot slices, green grapes, yellow bell pepper slices, blueberries, and purple raisins but feel free to substitute other foods based on your child’s preferences or what you have in your fridge (that’s what we did!).
Fun tip: We also added in popcorn for the clouds, however, you could get extra sweet and use cool whip for the kids to dip their fruit in, mini marshmallows, or white chocolate chips.
Step 3. Before You Begin, Discuss with Your Child What Color of the Rainbow Is It?
Ask your child to name each color in the cups. Ask their favorite one? Find other items of the same color (i.e., a book, toy, or cup.).
Make sure they can identify each color by its name and not just by what it looks like. Once they’ve learned how to identify each color, move on to Step 4.
Step 4. Match The Colors Up with The Rainbow Activity Print
Try to let them match each fruit/vegetable to each section of the rainbow, first. If they ask for your help, use leading questions to see if they can figure it out.
Of course, older kiddos won’t have trouble, but this is a great place to let them read the words to younger siblings and name other items in the home that go by the same color – without spoiling the color of each fruit/vegetable item.
The goal here? Let them learn how to troubleshoot and problem solve while you cheer them on!
Bonus Idea – Have your child write down their favorite fruit/vegetable and why on the back.
As a fun follow-up activity, have your child write down their favorite fruit/vegetable and why on the back.
You can even give them a template to work from: My favorite vegetable is green beans because _______.
This will not only let you know what vegetables they like best but will also get them thinking about other ways they can incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diet outside of eating them raw! They could help you make a delicious broccoli casserole or spinach smoothie for example.
Clean-Up of the Rainbow!
Instead of letting your kids play video games, watch TV or goof off on their phones while you clean up around them, turn it into a fun family activity. Take turns doing chores and each time you complete one, grab a crayon and pick a color of your choosing. Go around to each child, asking them to guess what colors have been chosen so far.
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Here are 5 Easy Activities At Home With Kids made from supplies that are already in your house or easily shipped. Rainbow snack and science fun ideas, sight word games, and more!