Rainbow Hunt Expedition
What to Pack
- Food storage container
- Pocket mirror
- Bubble soap and wand
- Surf the Web. Look for pictures of rainbows online and point out the seven colors. Teach your child "Roy G. Biv" to remember the colors in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- Experiment. If you have a prism or faceted crystal glass, hold it up to the light. If not, try this: Fill a rectangular food storage container with water and place it in a sunny window. Stand a small mirror in the water and angle it until you see a rainbow on the wall or ceiling.
- Head outdoors. Stand with your back to the sun and spray a hose into the air. Do you see a rainbow? Also look for rainbows in the spray caused by waves or waterfalls. (Lucky YOU if you happen to be near waves or waterfalls.)
- Hunt high and low. Check for rainbows when the sun is low in the sky after a rain or on the ground caused by an oil stain.
- Blow one up. Blow bubbles in the sun and see how rainbows appear in them.
- Investigate. Ask your rainbow hunter these questions:
- What do you need to see a rainbow? (light and something to bend or refract light like water or a prism)
- Could you see a rainbow outside at night?
- Can you name all the colors in the rainbow?
- What is the color indigo?
- Read all about it. Check your local library for Let's Explore Science: Color & Light by David Evans.
Bonus Explorer Activity Have your child draw a rainbow with seven rows and color them in with colors in the correct order. Keep a rainbow journal to record when and where you spot one.
For more exploring, play Dora's Great Big World game, find do-together Dora crafts, recipes, and activities, and print a personalized Explorer Kit for your child at DoraTheExplorer.com.
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