Inside: Use these family-friendly rainbow activities and crafts to celebrate pride month and be an LGBTQ Ally.
When I was a kid, I remember seeing rainbows pop up on car bumpers and on jewelry. My mom told me it meant that person was gay, and that was the end of the story. In the early 90s, I didn’t know anyone gay.
And then I went to visit my cousin who was wearing a necklace with teeny tiny rainbow rings on it. My sister and I asked her what it meant, but she wasn’t ready to tell us. Instead, we were told it meant friendship.
Years later, she sat us down, looked at us, and said, “Guys, I’m gay.”
We answered as only cousins could…”No kidding,” we joked. “We’ve known for years. But thank you for telling us.” We hugged her, asked her a few questions, and moved on with our day. It was normal. It was easy. It wasn’t something to be scared of.
And now that Pride Month is a well-known established celebration, it’s become something for those of us who are cis-gender and heterosexual to also celebrate.
We celebrate Pride to show my kids love is love, we love people for who they are, and we respect people and listen when they tell us things like their pronouns.
And my kids are super excited to celebrate Pride and people like our cousin who have to fight daily for their rights. Plus, they love rainbows.
So you can use these LGBTQ books, rainbow books, and rainbow activities and crafts to celebrate Pride Month.
Celebrate LGBTQ folx with your kids
If we’re raising kind kids, that means we’re also raising kids who celebrate the differences they see in others. Not only does this help our kids see the beauty in those around them, it also helps bully-proof kids in marginalized, minority communities.
We focus on celebrating different skin colors, different abilities, different religions, and different languages because there is beauty in our differences. The world would be a boring place if we all looked and sounded the same.
But we also celebrate different sexualities, especially if we are a traditional heterogenous cis-family. My husband and I live in a monogamous relationship, as do most of our friends and family.
That’s what my kids are used to seeing. That’s what feels normal for them.
But we want our kids to feel comfortable around families that have two moms or two dads so that feels normal to my kids too.
And as my kids get older, they’re around friends and classmates who identify as LGBTQ, and I want them to feel comfortable around these kids and help make these kids feel comfortable.
When kids feel comfortable, they can become an ally, someone who stands with, stands by, and stands up for LGBTQ people.
That becomes easier when we expose our kids to families that don’t look like ours, comes in the way we talk about LGBTQ folx and use correct pronouns, and when we learn about Pride Month and celebrate it.
But being a true ally to the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t just happen in June.
Want to learn more?
Pride and LGBTQ+ Books
Rainbow Activities and Crafts
The people in our communities are as diverse and unique as brightly colored rainbows. That’s one of the reasons the LGBTQ community uses rainbow colors to represent them.
And thank goodness.
Because the world would be a pretty dull place if we all looked the same, acted the same, thought the same and loved the same.
Here are some great rainbow activities and crafts you can use with your family or students.
Use our Rainbow Colors of Me to celebrate your kids’ diversity and celebrate our differences by showing off what colors we are made up of.
Go on a color hunt during your next neighborhood walk with this rainbow color scavenger hunt.
A super fun gift to make for a friend – try these Rainbow Surprise Bath Bomb from Living Life as Moms with your kids to give as a gift or to have fun themselves.
If you’re a slime family, make this rainbow slime from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Even young kids can learn the importance of individuality when you do this fizzing rainbow science activity from Steamsational.
Little fashionistas will love this vibrant no-sew fleece scarf from Soccer Mom Blog and you won’t believe just how easy it is to make!
Plant a Rainbow garden from Megan Zani with this list of plants that are perfect for your garden.
Make your own magic rainbow appear in seconds with this simple, fun Skittles science experiment from Finding Myself Young.
Learn how to make a colorful rainbow in this easy and fun fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Rainbow lightning is a process art that your kids (and you) will love from Taming Little Monsters.
This walking rainbow experiment is a fun activity from Steamsational that can illustrate how we need every color to make a rainbow and things are prettiest when all colors are present!
This easy DIY color matching game for toddlers from Soccer Mom Blog is a clever way to practice color recognition and words, and it’s adaptable to different ages and skill levels!
Make shaving cream playdoh from Natural Beach Living in all the colors of the rainbow for building and creating.
Get this free printable ‘Roll a rainbow’ game from Crafts on Sea to make a simple rainbow out of playdough.
Use a Qtip and some paint to dot dot dot a rainbow with this Pointillism inspired art project.
Do you have some old paving stones kicking around? Then try making a chalk rainbow from And Next Comes L.
Make these Rainbow Happiness Crafts from Happy Hooligans to celebrate what makes your kids happy.
Make these Rainbow bookmarks from Artsy Craftsy Mom to hold your place when you’re reading!
Make this paper heart garland from There’s Just One Mommy to decorate your home.
Kids will have fun making this colorful rainbow jewelry with polymer clay from Projects With Kids!
You’ll love this edible rainbow craft from Messy Little Monsters that even the youngest of children can enjoy and then eat!
Eat a rainbow with this Rainbow Pizza from Healthy Little Foodies.
This Rainbow Pasta from Everyday Best brings the color and sunshine to any meal! Rainbow spaghetti is a celebration on a plate!
These vibrant rainbow cookies from In the Kids Kitchen are sure to brighten any occasion!
This rainbow jello poke cake from Bake Me Some Sugar is delicious and super colorful!
Rainbows make the world a brighter place to be.
So does diversity.
Happy Pride Month.
Here’s to creating a community around us that shows our LGBTQ+ friends, family and neighbors we love them, we celebrate them, and we will fight with them for their rights to be who are they are.