Rainbow Hand


This simple activity will introduce the kids to basic painting, primary and secondary colors, and intermediate scissor cutting.

Rainbow Hand


  • Poster or water color (red, blue and yellow)
  • Water color plate (preferable with divisions)
  • Cup of water
  • Paint brush
  • Bond paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors

Preliminary Discussion

  • Introduce the three primary colors (blue, red and yellow) to the kids.
  • Combine the poster or water color of primary colors to create the secondary colors (orange, green and purple).
  • Let the kids familiarize the primary and secondary colors.

Main Activity

1. Ask the kids to trace their hand on a piece of bond paper.

Rainbow Hand
2. Put enough poster color of the three primary colors in a plate. Add a little water if necessary.

Rainbow Hand
3. Using a brush, instruct the kids to freely paint on the bond paper. Make sure that the traced hand is covered with water color.

Paint brush
4. Let it dry.

Rainbow Hand

5. Once they’re done, cut the hand outline with a scissor. Glue the final output on another piece of bond paper.

Rainbow Hand

5. If you have more time, repeat the whole process with the other hand.

Note: You may also used oil pastel or crayons if poster or water color is not available. In the output below, please take note that we used all available colors in the oil pastel box. 

Using Oil Pastel


  1. Let the kids identify the colors they see in their output. Though they only used the primary colors, there would be some areas where the secondary colors are visible.

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