Rainbows – Art and Science Play

My boys all enjoy Art and Science.  My middle guy especially loves Rainbows.  We mixed the two loves and it made for quite a fun morning of exploring.

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We began by making Rainbow Rice I Spy bottles.  Each boy filled an empty water bottle up 3/4 of the way with our Rainbow Rice using a funnel.


Then I challenged each one to find 10 small objects to hide inside.  Off they went.  Then they swapped bottles and lists and set to finding the hidden items.  (An extension for my big ones: R1 and R2 were asked to include adjectives in their list of items so we would know exactly what to look for.)



We then learned tons of amazing facts about Rainbows by reading, The Rainbow and You by E.C. Krupp.

Have you read this book?  It is filled with rainbow facts from what causes rainbows to what different cultures believe about rainbows.  When you finish reading they say you will be a “rainbow expert” and I believe it.  This picture book is a must for rainbow loving kids.

Then they went on a Rainbow Hunt.

We used these fantastic clues which were written for the classroom but could easily be used in your house, too.


Our Rainbow Treasure Hunt lead the boys to a closet where I had a flashlight and CD’s set up to create rainbows on the wall.


We made a Rainbow in a Jar using a variety of liquids.


We used these fantastic instructions from Sweet and Simple Things.  We took it outside for an even better view of our finished rainbow.

On to a few Art projects……

Coloring Rainbows

We used this template of a rainbow.

R1 chose to color his using oil pastels.  I loved how Buggy and Buddy added blue watercolors on top of their oil pastels.


R2 and R3 used watercolors with salt sprinkled on top at the very end. (idea from Mess for Less)

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We finished our morning by making this Waldorf Rainbow Star.

R2 and I followed these instructions from Garden Mama.  The tutorial was so easy to follow.  My 6 year old and I had no problems working our way through the steps.  (We used construction paper for our star.)

And look at the beautiful finished product…


Other Rainbow fun we have had in the past:

Rainbow Waffles and Rainbow Rice – A fun post on lots of rainbow fun including rainbow adding and measuring.

Experimenting with Rainbows which includes several Science experiments

science camp 2013

Rainbow Lunch

Follow our St. Patrick’s Day board on Pinterest to find lots more rainbow activities.

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