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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.


Dye stringable pasta in batches of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Let your children use the pieces for these activities.
  • 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.