Rainbow Magazine Art

Lately it’s been raining quite a bit where I am, which is a good thing since I live in a very dry area. I’m super happy that we’ve been getting the rain, but what’s even better than rain? The rainbow that comes after! Therefore, in the spirit of the rainbow, the activity of the week is a rainbow craft!

Rainbow Magazine Art 5

I’ve been seeing this craft on Pinterest in the past and I’ve been wanting to try it. The problem is the craft takes a bit of time to do, and I’ve been super busy to finally complete it. But you know what that means? This craft is a great activity that can be done over time with kids who may want to have an activity last a few days. Or, if you have the time, you can complete the craft in one sitting, but make sure you set aside at least an hour.

For this art project, you will need a piece of paper, a couple of magazines you can cut up, some writing instruments, and either glue or tape. I wanted to try this out with glue, but I ended up not having any so I went the tape route, which also worked fine.

Start by taking your magazines and cutting up different colors of the rainbow, just like you would do making a collage. Keep in mind that your cuttings don’t need to be too big, unless you plan on making a really big rainbow. Cut as much as you think you’ll need for the size of your rainbow. If you’re doing this with younger kids, you can make it a teaching moment about what colors are in the rainbow and the lovely acronym “Roy G Biv”.

Rainbow Magazine Art

Next step is optional, depending on your artist. Take a pencil or pen and draw the outline of a rainbow on your paper. I decided to do it to help me keep my rainbow on track but you can definitely skip this step and freestyle.

After your paper is cut and your lines are drawn, you can start gluing or taping the magazine pieces to the paper. I started on the outside of the rainbow but you can start on the inside if you want. Here some pics as I worked on the project.

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And there you have it, your beautiful rainbow. You might be wondering at this point, what is therapeutic about this activity? Well, aside from the chance to make a big mess with scissors, it’s actually all up to you. As your doing this project with your participants, you can talk with them about things that make them sad or mad (the clouds and/or rain in their lives) and what positives come out of it (the rainbows in their lives). You can also tie a quote in to the project like I did and have the participants apply it to their own lives. The sky is the limit when you use a simple activity as a springboard into a great discussion! Let me know how the activity goes for you!

Rainbow Magazine Art Activity Notes

Ages: 6 and up

Materials: Magazines, paper, glue, and writing instruments

Therapeutic Value:
Creativity
Expression
Control
Legacy Building
Normalization

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