Kids' Craft Idea: Make a Rainbow Connection
Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Rainbows are hope--the promise of sunshine after the rain.
Almost every culture has a legend about rainbows and these natural phenomena are great windows into other cultures, the science of light, and art.
Craft a rainbow with your children and talk about how you can use the primary colors to make any other color. Use a prism or garden hose on a sunny day to demonstrate how light separates into each of the colors of the rainbow. Then, find out about leprechauns and their hidden gold, the Greek messenger, Iris, the Norse bridge between the worlds of the mortals and the gods, or the story of Noah and the Flood.
My daughter and I created a rainbow craft that is part color-mixing, part decoration.
- paper plate
- red, yellow, and blue paint
- glue or tape
- single hole punch
- crepe paper streamers in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (you could use ribbon, if you prefer)
- cotton balls
- ribbon, yarn, or fishing wire
1. Cut the paper plate in half.
2. Sketch arcs to divide into seven sections. Optional: Label each section red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo, violet. Otherwise, you can put dabs of paint on each color.
3. Paint the red arc, clean your brush. Paint the yellow arc. Blend between the red and yellow arcs to make orange. Then, add the blue arc and blend between the blue and yellow to make green. Finally, mix some red and blue to make violet and blend towards the blue to create indigo.
4. While the paper plate rainbow dries, cut two of each of the crepe paper streamers, except only cut one of the violet.
5. Glue the violet streamer to the back of the plate so that it hangs down from the center.
6. Glue each of the other streamers overlapping in order.
7. Tear up the cotton balls and glue them to the bottom of the plate.
8. Punch a hole in the top of the paper plate rainbow, thread through some yarn, and hang-up the rainbow.
Hope you enjoy some luck with your rainbow!