Why make rainbows? Because it is fun! Getting crafty is the perfect way to spend time at home together. Making rainbow art can also offer you the chance to talk about what is happening in the world today, and most importantly, it gives children a mindful moment to express themselves. Here is a quick guide to making rainbows together and how it can give everyone a mindful boost during these challenging times.
Let your child be as creative as he or she wants. Rainbow art can be anything. It can be pens on paper, sparkly squares sloshed with glue, or even an arch of colourful chalk. What is so great about making rainbows, is there are no rules other than have fun!
This is a time for you and your child to work together. It can be fun for you as well. Just remember not to take control. Let your child direct the creative process. This might mean you sit back and watch with a cup of tea, or hold the paint pot while your child creates a rainbow masterpiece.
It is good to talk … and listen
Allowing your child to take control gives him or her the opportunity to express feelings, thoughts and worries. It is important to listen to your child. Use appropriate moments to ask questions, such as, “How does that make you feel?” or “What would you do?”. Not every child will ask direct questions. Some children might feel more comfortable to draw what they are feeling.
We have included some starter questions and creative challenges that might help on our Share a Rainbow page.
Do not forget about you
Rainbow art is not just for children. Colouring, painting and crafting can be relaxing and can help you unwind during these troubling times. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so some daily crafting is the perfect way to stay mindful.