Create Your Own Rainbow

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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • Do any of your favorite books have rainbows in them?
  • Have you ever wondered why someone uses a rainbow emoji and what it means?
  • When do you usually see rainbows in the sky?
  • Have you ever wondered what’s at the end of a rainbow?

Imagine and Design:

  • What could you make a rainbow out of?
  • What feelings do you get when you look at a rainbow? Can you give your rainbow meaning?
  • Draw a picture of your rainbow.
  • Can you travel on a rainbow? Where would it take you? Make and act out your story.

Test and Discuss:

  • Watch the sky closely the next time it rains, and as the sun starts peeking back out, look for a rainbow.
  • Notice what happens when the sun shines through a window in your house and see if you can find rainbows on your wall. Chase them around the room as the sun moves.
  • Use a flashlight, a full glass of water and some white paper and see if you can create a rainbow by shining the light through the water.
  • Go on a rainbow clothing hunt. Look for shirts with rainbows, or items that are one specific color of the rainbow. Red one day. Blue the next. Then orange, etc.

Rainbows happen when light enters a water droplet and slows it down. The water droplet separates into its component colors. As the light exits the droplet, a rainbow appears. The rainbow colors are ROYGBIV, red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet. Rainbows have always been part of mythology and world cultures, and serve as symbols and metaphors. Whether it’s a path from Earth to Heaven, an ethnic mosaic of cultures, the bow of an archer, a symbol of pride or a path to the pot of gold, humans have turned this scientific weather phenomenon into a great central story line of books, lore and life. Finish the lyrics during family karaoke night…”Somewhere over the rainbow…”


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