Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft

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Brighten up your day with a delightful cardboard rainbow sunshine craft that will bring smiles and sunshine into your home! In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps of creating this cheerful and imaginative craft that will fill your space with rays of color and happiness. With just a few simple materials and a burst of creativity, your little artists will craft their very own sunshine that radiates joy and positivity. So, let’s get ready to capture the essence of a sunny day with this wonderful craft project!


Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft


Before we dive into the creative process, gather these materials for the Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft:

  • Cardboard (large enough to cut a semi-circle shape)
  • Yellow paint and paintbrush
  • Construction paper in rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Marker (black or any preferred color for drawing the face)
  • Pink construction paper (for cheeks)

Crafting the Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine

  1. Create the Sunshine Base:
    Start by cutting a large semi-circle shape from the cardboard. Paint it with a bright and sunny yellow color, covering the entire surface. This forms the base of your radiant sunshine!
  2. Add the Rainbow Strips:
    Attach construction paper strips in rainbow colors to the bottom back of the cardboard semi-circle. You can either curl them up using scissors for a whimsical effect or keep them straight for a more classic look. Secure the strips in place using glue or tape.
  3. Glue on the Sunshine Rays:
    Next, cut out small triangles in yellow and orange from construction paper to represent the sunshine rays. Glue these rays around the top of the sunshine base, radiating outwards like beams of warm sunlight.
  4. Bring the Sunshine to Life:
    Now, it’s time to give your sunshine its charming personality! Use a marker to draw a friendly face on the center of the sunshine. Let your creativity shine as you add a warm smile and bright eyes. For a touch of rosy charm, attach small pink construction paper circles as adorable cheeks.
Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft

Brightening the Day with Sunshine and Rainbows

The Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft is not only a delightful art project but also an opportunity to:

  • Explore Colors: Working with vibrant rainbow colors encourages color recognition and fosters a love for creativity.
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills: Cutting and gluing the construction paper strips and rays enhance fine motor skills and dexterity.
  • Spark Imagination: As kids create their sunshine, their imagination takes flight, allowing them to envision a world filled with warmth and beauty.
  • Spread Joy: Displaying the finished sunshine craft adds a cheerful touch to any space, radiating positivity and happiness.
Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft

With the Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft, your little artists will experience the joy of crafting a whimsical sunshine that bursts with colors and charm. As they cut, glue, and paint, their creativity will shine bright, adding a ray of sunshine to your home. So, gather your materials and embark on this delightful crafting adventure that celebrates the magic of sunshine and the beauty of rainbows. Let the sun shine on and the smiles bloom with this wonderful cardboard craft!

Cardboard Rainbow Sunshine Craft

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

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