COFFEE FILTER RAINBOWS
Flatten round, fluted coffee filters and cut them in half,
if you wish. Invite your children to brush water over the
filters to dampen them. Then show them how make arcs on their
filters with watercolors or washable markers to create rainbows.
Explain that the rainbow colors are red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, and purple. By blending colors, a complete rainbow can
be made with just red, yellow and blue.
Remove the wrappers from rainbow-colored crayons: red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Let your children
use the sides of the crayons to draw rainbow arcs on paper.
Or, if weather permits, invite them to make rainbows on
a sidewalk with colored chalk.
RAINBOW PASTA GAMES
Dye stringable pasta in batches of red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, and purple. Let your children use the pieces for these
- Sort and count the pasta pieces by color.
- Place or glue the pieces on matching colored paper.
- String the pasta on shoelaces or pieces of yarn.
Ask your children to wear something from home that is
one of the rainbow colors. (If someone forgets, be prepared
to provide a colored yarn bracelet.) Make a wall chart
that shows how many children are wearing red, how many
are wearing orange, and so on. Which color was chosen
the most? The least?
On a sunny day, try these suggestions for creating rainbows
on the walls and ceiling of your room.
- Hang prisms here and there where they can catch
and reflect the sunlight.
- Place a small mirror in a glass bowl of water so
that the mirror rests against the side of the bowl.
Set the bowl in direct sunlight.