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Level: ECE, Primary
Grades: PreK - Gr2 | Age: 2-8yrs | Written by: Gena Becerra
[Gena is a teacher at April Lane School, Yuba City CA]

Children will paint rainbows using watercolor paint.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Talk about rainbows. Refer to the "More Information" link below for tips.
  2. The colors in a rainbow are:
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Indigo
    • Violet
    A good way to remember this order is to remember the name: ROY G. BIV

  3. Paint a rainbow in the correct order
  4. of color with watercolor (or tempera) paint.

  5. OPTIONAL: If using watercolor, while the paint is still wet, you can sprinkle some salt on the rainbow and the colors will run together. Then, when the paint dries, the salt can be rubbed gently off the paper.
  6. This is a good lesson for teaching children how colors blend to make new colors.

More Information:

How are rainbows formed?

Recommended Books/Products:

The Rainbow and You
by Edwin C. Krupp and Robin Rector Krupp
Using Roy G. Biv (a leprechaunlike elf in yellow slicker, blue overalls, rainbow-colored boots, and with matching whiskers) as a helpmate, the author includes a brief assortment of global rainbow myths and legends as well as an explanation of the mechanics of the physics behind the glowing arc of colors. The clear text gives clues to searching for rainbows and rainbow colors in unlikely places, and instructs readers to make scientific observations when they occur.

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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