Discuss: What are the colors in the rainbow? (ROY G. BIV) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Purple. Newton added indigo and orange to give a total of 7 colors similar to the number of notes in a musical scale and number of days in a week. Indigo is not really a color. It is a shade between blue and violet. Many people omit indigo from the rainbow spectrum because it is not a color and is hard for the human eye to distinguish between the blue and violet.
Read: Liz Makes a Rainbow by Tracey West
- What are the colors of the rainbow? Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
- What is the shade of color between blue and purple sometimes called? Indigo
Discuss: A simile is a figure of speech consisting of a comparison of 2 objects using like or as. Similes tell you what something is LIKE. Similes are in What Makes a Rainbow? “Red LIKE a ladybugs wings.”
Markers or Crayons
- Pick a color. Describe the color by answering the following…
- Tastes like …
- Tell in a sentence or group of sentences what this color looks like, sounds like, etc…
- Lightly sketch an outline of a large rainbow on the poster board.
- Write our poems in the stripes exactly how the children dictate it to you.
- Kids can make a smaller version of the Simile Rainbow on a piece of paper.
- Kids write the word color over and over for each arc in the rainbow.
6 packages of different colored Jello (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red.)
6 Cups of Vanilla Ice Cream
6 Cups of Hot Water.
I print off page 8 of this Rainbow Download and let the children cut them out and place them together.
White paper cut in a cloud “shape”
Construction paper in each color of the rainbow
Planting A Rainbow
Read: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Sugar Cookie Dough
Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Divide the dough into 7 parts (one for each color and one for the flower centers)
- Color the dough with the food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple)
- Add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the dough, for the brown, flower centers.
- Roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls.
- Place colored balls around the centers, to form flowers, on a greased cookie sheet. Press them together a little, so they stick to each other. (T thought it was play dough)
- Add a sucker, pushing it through the dough into the center of the flower.
- Bake as normal for sugar cookies (350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes).
Baking Soda & Vinegar
Discuss:When the baking soda and the vinegar mix they create an acid-base reaction and the two chemicals work together to create a gas (the bubbles). Observe the 3 states of matter: the baking soda is the solid, the vinegar is the liquid, and the bubbles is the gas.
clear cups or containers
a tray to hold any spills
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each spoon.
- Fill the rest of each spoon with baking soda.
- Add ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar to each cup.
- Choose a spoon and stir it into one cup of vinegar.