Aug 4, 2015
WonderWorks: Rainbows & Prisms
Today we observed and documented rainbows in prisms and other reflective objects and explored the ideas of rainbow color, color blending, and light!
Today's Topic: Rainbows and Prisms (a guest post by Rebecca Pettyjohn)
CDs (great rainbow reflectors!)
Colors tubes (paper towel tubes with ends covered in different colored transparent plastic)
Mixed Colors supplies for sorting (feathers, beads, pipe cleaners, punched out paper, whatever you have!)
Colorful paper strips in ROYGBIV colors
Clip art clouds
What we read:
Duckie's rainbow / Barry, Frances
What kids do:
Go outside to explore how the sun light makes rainbows through prisms and CDs onto the side walk.
Identify the colors of the rainbow and our ROYGBIV acronym that helps us remember them.
ow ribbon dancers.
Hindsight Tip: More prisms! Creating our own rainbows in the sunshine was the favorite part and we didn’t have enough prisms to go into every pair of hands!
We had every intention to talk about color blending through the use of awesome play foam, like this And then realized that while I brought my electric mixer, I forgot the mixer paddles! Next time...
Variations to try: If you have kids who are a little bit older, I would encourage this mirror and water trick. A little too much focus and trial for our 3 and 4 year olds, but a great activity for school agers.
Or try a different Rainbow book! Like It’s an Orange Aardvark, by Michael Hall